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Rockers pay tribute to Motorhead frontman Lemmy

By Ryan Wilkinson

Rock's biggest names lined up to pay tribute to Motorhead frontman Lemmy at a star-studded Hollywood funeral.

A tearful Dave Grohl, Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Slash and Metallica members Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo, took turns to share their experiences with the hellraiser, who died last month, days after turning 70.

The memorial service, held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles, was broadcast live on YouTube and watched by over 280,000 Motorhead fans around the world.

Former Nirvana drummer Grohl sobbed as he told how he wanted to give his friend a photo of Little Richard, signed by the rock 'n' roll pioneer, to him on his birthday but missed the chance.

He said: "He was my hero, he's the one true rock 'n' roller," adding: "What everyone in this room has learned today is that Lemmy was not only that badass-looking, whiskey drinking, badass mother f***ing rock star, but he had the biggest heart and he set such a great example because he was so kind to everyone."

The British rocker had suffered failing health since last August and was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of cancer on Boxing Day, just 48 hours before he died.

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