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York rock fan calls for heavy metal tribute to Lemmy

More than 15,000 people have signed a petition calling for a new element in the periodic table to be named after rock star Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister.

The rock star, whose real name was Ian Kilmister, died just days after celebrating his birthday following a short battle with an "extremely aggressive cancer". Credit: PA

The petition was started by John Wright from York as a tribute to the Motorhead singer.

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 petition describes Lemmy as a "force of nature and the very essence of heavy metal" and says it would therefore be fitting for one of four newly discovered heavy metals in the periodic table to be named after him.

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 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.

– John Wright

Axl Rose is one of the stars backing "Lemmium" as the new chemical name.