Iron Maiden Drummer Clive Burr dead at 56
According to Iron Maiden’s website, drummer Clive Burr died last night at his home after suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, he was 56.
The band wrote, “We are deeply saddened to report that Clive Burr passed away last night. He had suffered poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and died peacefully in his sleep at home.”
Founding member Steve Harris said, “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.”
Friend and ex-band mate Dee Snider tweeted, “So sad…just found out my old friend Clive Burr from Iron Maiden pass away. So glad I spoke to him a couple of days ago. #alegendlost”
Snider and Burr became friends during their time with the band Desperado.
Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979, replacing drummer Doug Sampson, who left the band due to health issues. He performed on their first three albums, “Iron Maiden,” “Killers” and “The Number of The Beast.”
Burr left the band in 1982, but the band came to Burr’s aid when in 2001 Iron Maiden played three consecutive shows at Brixton Academy in London raising funds for Burrs fight with Multiple Sclerosis, creating the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund. In the last few years Burr was confined to a wheelchair.