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Fans can watch Lemmy's funeral live on the internet

Published 06/01/2016

Lemmy died on Boxing Day
Lemmy died on Boxing Day

Rock fans around the world will be able to watch the funeral service for Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister via a live feed, Motorhead announced.

The service will take place at the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Hollywood, on January 9 at 3pm Pacific Standard Time (PST), or 11pm GMT.

The band wrote on its Facebook page: "With such limited space available on-site, we respectfully ask that you don't attend the cemetery... but we want you all to be a part of this, so we are setting up a live feed of the service via the internet on Motorhead's official You Tube channel."

It urged fans to get together with fellow rock enthusiasts to celebrate the 70-year-old's life, adding: "Go to your favourite bar, or your favourite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us.

"Whatever your venue, and however you can, let's be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon."

Lemmy was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of cancer on Boxing Day and died just two days later at his home in Los Angeles, shortly after celebrating his 70th birthday.

The funeral announcement came after a revelation that the singer's moniker could be immortalised far beyond the bounds of music - in chemistry's periodic table.

In perhaps the ultimate tribute, fans have signed a petition calling for one of four newly discovered super-heavy elements, chemical number 118 in the periodic table, to be named "Lemmium".

The petition, set up by John Wright, a business support manager from York, states: "Heavy rock lost its most iconic figure over Christmas with the sudden and unexpected death of Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister.

"Lemmy was a force of nature and the very essence of heavy metal. We believe it is fitting that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) recommend that one of the four new discovered heavy metals in the periodic table is named Lemmium.

"An astrological object (a star) has been named Lemmy to meet the IUPAC naming recommendations."

The petition has already gained more than 12,000 supporters on the website.

But some Motorhead fans were not so keen on the idea.

One wrote on the petition page: "Let's not. Lemmy himself said in 2010, ' We were not heavy metal. We were a rock'n'roll band. Still are. Everyone always describes us as heavy metal even when I tell them otherwise. Why won't people listen?' Why won't you listen?'"

Another, Christopher Scurrah, added: "Lemmy always said Motorhead wasn't heavy metal, he said 'We're Motorhead and we play rock and roll'. If 118 is a noble gas that's fine with me."

The four new elements were discovered by scientists in America, Japan and Russia and were verified on December 30 by the IUPAC, which governs chemical naming, terminology and measurement.

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