Lemmy Kilmister’s Ashes, Encased in Inscribed Bullets, Were Given to Some of His Closest Friends


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There’s only one Lemmy Kilmister — and even in death, the longtime vocalist/bassist of the band Motörhead is able to find ways to leave an impression on those closest to him.

Kilmister (the focus of an in-the-works biopic) passed away four days after his 70th birthday in 2015, a momentous loss for rock and roll history. Six years later, some of Lemmy’s closest friends have apparently begun receiving something exceptionally personal as a gift: His ashes, contained in a bullet with ‘L-E-M-M-Y’ inscribed on it.

Riki Rachtman, longtime host of MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, hard-rock luminary and a pal of Lemmy’s, revealed this news with a social media post this week:

Before his death #Lemmy asked for his ashes to be put in some bullets & handed out to his closest friends Today I received a bullet & was literally brought to tears Thank you

Rachtman’s post spurred discussion online about this incredible and touching gift, and brought attention to an Instagram post from pro tennis player Pat Cash. Last year, Cash shared an image of another Lemmy-inscribed bullet that was given to his friend Whitfield Crane, singer of the late 1980s & ’90s hard-rock band Ugly Kid Joe.

 

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In Cash’s post, you can make out some of what the letter accompanying the bullet said:

Whitfield,

We all know Lemmy knew many people, but had few that he considered friends and even fewer that he considered family. Being that you are one of those people he considered family, we would like to share a little piece of him with you. Lemmy touched all of our lives in a way [we?] don’t think any of us could ever forget, but with these ashes you keep not only the memories you have, you keep Lemmy with you forever. 

He was Lemmy. He Played Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Don’t Forget Him. 

Safe to say, rock and roll fans won’t soon forget Lemmy Kilmister.


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