In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Black Sabbath legend Ozzy Osbourne discussed the final days of late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The renowned musician described Kilmister’s perspective on his illness and their conversation. Kilmister, an exceptional instrumentalist and songwriter, collaborated with Osbourne on the 17 September 1991 release of his sixth solo studio album, ‘No More Tears’. The songs ‘Desire,’ ‘I Don’t Want to Change the World,’ ‘Hellraiser,’ and ‘Mama I’m Coming Home’ were co-written by the two musicians. Therefore, it can be said that Osbourne had ample opportunity to become acquainted with the late icon.
His fans and colleagues were always aware that Lemmy Kilmister struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, resulting in severe health issues. The musician passed away on December 28, 2015, four days after his 70th birthday as a result of prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure. During the course of their conversation, Osbourne revealed that he met Kilmister on tour in South America and discussed his situation at the time. The vocalist disclosed that the Motorhead icon appeared terrible and was unable to communicate, but he informed Osbourne of his cancer diagnosis. The former Black Sabbath vocalist disclosed that Kilmister discussed his health and stated that he would die due to it. However, Lemmy admitted that he never expected to reach the age of 70, so he considered himself to have “done well.” This conversation suggests that Kilmister never regretted the way he lived.
Osbourne stated the following in his interview: “When I visited South America, he was on tour, but he was so drunk that he couldn’t communicate with anyone. He sat in the front, skeletal as a rake. At the end of his life, he was ravaged by cancer, but he turned to me and said, “I’m probably going to die. I never thought I’d reach 70, so I did quite well. His exact words were, “I could have lived a lot longer if I had taken better care of myself, but I lived my life the way I wanted to, and I have no regrets.” “All right!”