We lost another legend yesterday. Phil “Philty Animal” Taylor, former drummer for the mighty Motörhead, passed away following a battle with illness. He was 61 years old.

The band’s ex-guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke had the following to say in the wake of Phil’s passing:

“My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character. Fortunately, we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together.

Rest in peace, Phil!”

Tha band also released the following statement in regards to this:

“Lil’ Philthy…he who once shouted ‘stop wincing about’ on an album…he who fueled many a young boy’s punk/metal hairstyles…he who played the drums with fury and intent…he who liked to call people ‘wazzocks’ once in a while…friend, Roman, Derbyshireman…rest in peace…with much love…”

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