Clive Burr, who was the original drummer for British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden, has passed away yesterday from complications from multiple sclerosis. Burr was 56 when he died peacefully in his sleep.
Burr joined the legendary group in 1979. Iron Maiden was and remains to this day one of the more high profile bands of the New Wave of British Metal during the late 1970s. Burr had lent his drum talents to the first three Iron Maiden albums, which are still regarded by Maiden fans around the world as some of the band’s best musical achievements.
Iron Maiden released a statement today via their official website and Facebook page about Burr regarding his passing. Band members who played with him in Maiden only had praise and kind words for Burr when they heard the saddening news. Bass player and one of the founding members of the group, the versatile Steve Harris, said the following: "This is terribly sad news. 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. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time."