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Motorhead's Lemmy has been laid to rest

The frontman of rock band Motorhead 'Lemmy' Kilmister, who was born in Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent, has died aged 70. The band said they learned he had been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer on Boxing Day.

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Motorhead fans want new element named after Lemmy

Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister died aged 70 in December Credit: PA

The frontman of rock band Motorhead 'Lemmy' Kilmister, was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of cancer on Boxing Day and died just two days later at his home in Los Angeles.

Now fans of the Stoke-on-Trent-born superstar, 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.

It has already gained more than 12,000 supporters on the change.org website.

The Burslem-born rock star died aged 70.

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