Clive Burr, who played drums for Iron Maiden on their self-titled debut, Killers and Number of the Beast, died yesterday, following a long battle with MS. He was 56. Via Star Pulse:
The percussionist died in his sleep at the age of 56 after a long struggle with the debilitating illness. Burr joined Iron Maiden from fellow rock band Samson in 1979 and played on their first three albums, including their breakthrough record The Number of the Beast.
He left the band in 1982 due to personal issues and the stress of heavy touring schedules, but continued his rock career with several other bands, including alongside former Twisted Sister star Dee Snider in Desperado.
Following news of Burr’s death, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson said, “I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden. He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humor or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with (Burr’s wife) Mimi and the family.”
Burr also played with supergroup Gogmagog and Praying Mantis side-project Stratus.