Clive Burr (pictured above, bottom left), former drummer for heavy metal band Iron Maiden, died in his sleep last night (March 12) at age 56. Burr had been battling poor health for years, according to the band’s official site, and had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In a statement on the band’s site, former bandmate Steve Harris gave his condolences:
“This is terribly sad news,” he says. “Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out."
Born in 1957 in East Ham, London, Burr joined Maiden in 1979. He had already been a member of rising band, Samson, in previous years, but it was in Iron Maiden that his drumming expertise would radiate. Burr contributed from 1980-1982 on Maiden's first three studio albums, “Iron Maiden,” “Killers,” and “The Number Of The Beast” giving life to tracks like “Wrathchild” and “Run to the Hills.”