Motorhead may have reassured fans that frontman Lemmy was still "alive, breathing, talking, f--king [and] drinking" this week, but concerns are brewing over the real state of his health.
Lemmy was told to tone down his rockstar behaviour in March after having a defibrillator fitted to help regulate his heart beat, but an update on his Facebook page today reveals that he hasn't been following doctor's orders.
"He was, at that time, advised to rest, but once feeling better, he of course resumed his life as usual," reads the statement. "He has since been advised that he should immediately take some more time to rest."
Lemmy's healthy took a turn for the worse last weekend when Motorhead were forced to cancel two festival shows because Lemmy was found to have internal blood swelling. They soon cancelled all impending Motorhead tour dates. "He's not doing so well right now. But he's improving, even though it takes longer for him than anyone else to become well," said Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee this week.
On cancelling their tour dates, Lemmy is sorry to fans and thanked them for wishing him well. "It was a tough decision for me as I don't like to disappoint the fans especially in times where economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you can't do anything else than following doctor's orders," he says.
Could this be the beginning of the end for Lemmy, one of the greatest rock stars of all time?