According to Mirror, newly released records show that MOTÖRHEAD‘s iconic frontman Lemmy Kilmister only left his beneficiaries a few hundred thousand pounds at the time of his death — several million less than originally estimated.
The London probate office’s figures indicate that Lemmy had an estate worth only £528,806 (approximately $650,000) when he died in December 2015.
Lemmy was originally thought to have had a substantial estate — estimated by some sources to have been around £6.75 million (around $8.28 million) — which is expected to earn royalties from his recordings worldwide for decades to come.
The beneficiary of Lemmy‘s estate was believed to be his son Paul Inder, with various reports indicating that the MOTÖRHEAD had at least one other son in Bradford, England who was adopted in early life.
For more than two decades, Lemmy resided in West Hollywood, California after expressing his desire never to live in Britain again. He reportedly spent much of his time alone in the same two-bedroom apartment he had occupied since settling in L.A.
Asked in a 2009 interview with SPIN magazine why he never bought a house in the Hollywood Hills, Lemmy said: “I can’t afford it. We didn’t sell many albums. I wrote the words to ‘Mama, I’m Coming Home’ for Ozzy [Osbourne], and I made more from that song than I had from MOTÖRHEAD at that point.”
He added: “I’m not going to die broke, but I’m not rich. I pay taxes [in the U.S.], but I’m not a citizen — they won’t give me citizenship. I got busted for two sleeping pills on New Year’s Eve in 1971, so, obviously, I’m a threat to the kids in America, you know.”
Lemmy, who celebrated his 70th birthday on December 24, 2015, learned two days later that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on December 28, 2015, at his home in Los Angeles.
The MOTÖRHEAD frontman had dealt with several health issues over the past few years, including heart trouble, forcing him to cut back on his famous smoking and Jack Daniels habits.
The band canceled a number of shows two years ago, although they did manage to complete one final European tour on December 11, 2015.