Motorhead drummer dies: Phil Taylor Motorhead

Published: November 13, 2015

Motorhead drummer dies: Phil Taylor Motorhead, LONDON – Heavy metal band Motorhead says former drummer Phil Taylor, an iconic metal thrasher nicknamed “Philthy Animal,” has died. He was 61.

“Fast” Eddie Clarke, guitarist with the Grammy-winning rockers, said on Facebook that Taylor died late Wednesday.

He did not disclose a cause of death, saying Thursday that Taylor “had been ill for some time but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes.”

Taylor drummed on Motorhead’s best-known albums, including “Overkill,” ”Bomber,” ”Ace of Spades” and “No Sleep ’til Hammersmith.”

His distinctive double bass-drum style on tracks like “Overkill” helped define a new genre – thrash metal.

On Motorhead’s Facebook page, the band paid tribute to “Lil’ Philthy … who played the drums with fury and intent.” Ozzy Osbourne called his death a “terrible loss.”

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