Ozzy Osbourne recalled the passing away of Motorhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister. He spoke with Classic Rock in a new interview and recollected how he spoke with Lemmy on the morning the day he passed away.
Ozzy Osbourne says he couldn’t understand what Lemmy said
Lemmy, who had celebrated his 70th birthday on December 24, 2015, learned two days later that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on December 28, 2015, at his home in Los Angeles. Lemmy had dealt with several health issues in the few years before his death, including heart trouble, forcing him to cut back on his famous smoking and Jack Daniel’s habits.
Speaking with Classic Rock for the magazine’s 300th issue, Ozzy recalled his final conversation with his longtime friend.
“He was a good man, Lemmy was,” Ozzy said. “All the guys from Motorhead have gone now, from the original band. It’s hard to lose anyone you love. I was talking to Lemmy on the morning that he died, but I couldn’t understand what he was talking about. I wanted to talk to someone else who was there, but they kept giving the phone to Lemmy.”
The band was forced to cancel a number of shows in 2015 due to Lemmy’s failing health, although they did manage to complete one final European tour just two weeks prior to his passing.
Previously, a day after Lemmy’s death, Ozzy talked about the Motorhead frontman’s passing on SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard. At the time, Osbourne said: “Motorhead and Ozzy’s solo band] did South America together in April , and then I noticed he didn’t look too well. I remember saying to him, ‘Are you okay?’ And he said, ‘I’ve got kidney problems.’ I didn’t realize he was as sick as he was. [His death] left a big hole in rock and roll. Lemmy was not only my friend, he was everybody’s friend.”