Lemmy Kilmister's ashes have been placed in bullet shells given to friends

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Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 12:22PM
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Late-heavy rock icon Lemmy Kilmister was one of music's more unique characters, and his last wishes were predictably unconventional.

Rather than having his ashes scattered somewhere, the Motörhead frontman requested that his cremains be transferred to bullet shell casings to be given to his closest friends.

Kilmister passed away a few days after Christmas 2015 at age 70 due to prostate cancer and heart failure. He completed a tour with Motörhead just a few weeks prior.

Former MTV host Riki Rachtman received his Lemmy memento recently and shared the news via social media.

"Before his death, Lemmy asked for his ashes to be put in some bullets & handed out to his closest friends," Rachtman wrote next to a photo depicting the shiny bullet with 'Lemmy' engraved on the shell. "Today I received a bullet & was literally brought to tears. Thank you [Motörhead]."

A new Motörhead live album and concert film recorded in 2012 is due out in April. Lemmy's surviving Motörhead bandmates are hoping to celebrate the songwriter by organizing a concert tribute in his memory when the world reaches a post-pandemic normal.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recently revealed that his band's 2021 single "No Son Of Mine" is a tribute to Lemmy.

Grohl reminisced about the iconic bassist-vocalist in few recent interviews, telling OK! Magazine that he wishes "Lemmy were alive to hear ['No Son Of Mine'], because he would see how much an influence he's been to me."

This article was first published on iheart.com and is republished here with permission