12/11/2015 17:12 GMT | Updated 12/11/2016 05:12 GMT

Phil Taylor Dead: Ex-Motorhead Drummer 'Philthy Animal' Dies Aged 61

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Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, the former drummer with British rock band Motorhead, has died.

The 61-year-old played with the heavy metal group from 1975 to 1984 and 1987 to 1992 alongside frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister and guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke.

Writing on his official Facebook page, Clarke said: "My dear friend and brother passed away last night.

"He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character.

"Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together. Rest in Peace, Phil!"

A post on Motorhead's Facebook page also paid tribute to their former drummer.

Lil' Philthy...he who once shouted 'stop wincing about' on an album...he who fueled many a young boy's punk/metal...

Posted by Official Motörhead on Thursday, 12 November 2015