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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 website.

The Burslem-born rock star died aged 70.

'Lemmy' archive: 2006 report shows Motorhead sponsor young footballers

As the music world pays tribute to 'Lemmy', the frontman of Motorhead, ITV News Central's archive holds memories of him too.

Motorhead meet the under 10s football team they sponsored Credit: ITV News Central

In 2006, Emily Knight reported on the band's sponsorship of a young football team from Lincoln, who changed their kit to match the band, and ran onto the pitch to 'Ace of Spades'.

'Lemmy' and the band met the children while preparing for gig at Nottingham's Rock City venue.

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