“FAST” Eddie Clark, the last surviving member of Motorhead’s classic line-up, has died aged 67.
He had been battling pneumonia. A statement on Motorhead’s Facebook page read: ““We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight – Edward Allan Clarke, or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday.
“Ted Carroll, who formed Chiswick Records, made the sad announcement via his Facebook page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.
“Fast Eddie… keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!
“RIP Fast Eddie Clarke – 5th October 1950 – 10th January 2018.”
Clarke met drummer “Philthy” Phil Taylor while working on a houseboat in the mid 1970s. Taylor, in turn, introduced him to Lemmy Kilmister.
Clarke, Taylor and Kilmister played together on the Motörhead, Overkill, Ace of Spades, Bomber, No Sleep ’til Hammersmith and Iron Fist albums.
He left the band in 1982 while on tour in the US, although he did guest on a live album recorded in 2000. Clarke soon formed an alliance with UFO’s Pete Way in Fastway. Way left before they signed a record deal, however.
His last album was 2014’s Make My Day – Back To Blues