Rocker Lemmy and his Motorhead bandmates have paid a touching tribute to the band's former guitarist Michael 'Wurzel' Burston, who died last week (ends10Jul11).
Burston, who joined Motorhead in 1984 and played with the band for 11 years, reportedly died of ventricular fibrillation, caused by cardiomyopathy, better known as heart disease.
The group was stunned to hear the tragic news, and the rockers shared their grief in an open statement to fans, revealing the guitarist was enjoying a drink of Guinness and cracking jokes when he suddenly fell ill.
The message, published on Blabbermouth.net, reads, "We are greatly saddened to confirm that our long-time friend and comrade Wurzel died (on) Saturday at his home. Wurz was pouring a Guinness and cracking a joke when he succumbed to a heart attack; at least we know he went with a smile.
"It is a cliche to say that words cannot describe how we feel, and in this case, other than ones such as 's**t' and 'awful' and 'very, very sad,' it is true, they really can't.
"We all shared many many great times together, and what he did for Motorhead is quite simply indelible. As our good friend Steve 'Krusher' Joule said, 'Rip, dear Wurzel, a rocker and a gentleman.'"
Lemmy adds, "Wurzel was my friend and my brother and he's never going to laugh with me again or b**ch me out or do... anything. And that truly and cosmically Sucks. Rip Wurz. Godspeed. Good man."