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Funeral for Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister streamed live

The funeral for Lemmy Kilmister, frontman for the heavy metal band Motörhead took place Saturday in Los Angeles and was streamed live for fans.

Family and close friends gathered at L.A. cemetery, asking fans to respect privacy and watch service online

Life of Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister celebrated

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Funeral for the hard rock hero was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Hollywood and was streamed live for fans 3:52

The funeral for Lemmy Kilmister, frontman for the heavy metal band Motörhead took place Saturday in Los Angeles and was streamed live for fans.

According to the British band, the singer, who went by the stage name Lemmy but whose given name was Ian Kilmister, learned he had an aggressive form of cancer on Dec. 26, 2015 and died just a few days later at the age of 70.

His death prompted an outpouring of grief on social media worldwide.

A message from organizers said they wanted fans around the world to celebrate Lemmy's life but because of limited space, were asking people not to come to the cemetery in person.

This June 26, 2015 file photo shows Lemmy performing at the Glastonbury Music Festival at Worthy Farm, in Glastonbury, England. (Joel Ryan/Invision/The Associated Press)
"PLEASE get together and watch with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us. Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm's life at home."

The funeral was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Hollywood where many famous people have been buried.

Some of Lemmy's favourite spots in Hollywood hosted screenings of the funeral service as well, including the famous Whiskey A Go Go club and Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Boulevard.

Motörhead was formed in 1975 by Lemmy, who was the band's only consistent member. It was seen as a group that revitalized British heavy metal and sold more than 15 million albums worldwide during a 40-year career.

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Zulekha Nathoo

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Zulekha Nathoo is a breaking news and entertainment reporter based in Los Angeles. From the Oscars to the Grammys, she's interviewed some of the biggest names in showbiz including Celine Dion and Denzel Washington. She also works on-air covering news events and spent more than a decade at CBC stations across Canada, including Toronto and Calgary. Follow her on Twitter/Instagram: @zulekhanathoo.

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