Burr left Iron Maiden in December 1982, just as they were about to become a
global stadium headline act, and later appeared on recordings by metal bands
such as Desperado, Trust, Stratus, Gogmagog and Elixir.
When Burr was diagnosed with MS in 2001, his erstwhile Maiden bandmates raised
money for his living costs by performing charity concerts and helping to
form the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund. In the last years of his life, Burr was
confined to a wheelchair.
“I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden,”
added Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson on the group’s site. “He was a
great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the
darkest days of his MS, Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence.
This is a terribly sad day.”
Following the band’s statement, musicians paid tribute to the drummer, who is
survived by his partner, Mimi, and the couple’s family. Frank Turner
tweeted: “Sad to hear of the passing of Clive Burr, original Maiden
drummer. Killers was the first album I owned. Will play it loud today,”
while Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, who left a tribute on his Facebook,
described Burr as his “all-time favourite metal drummer”.
“Always remember CLIVE for eternity,” added Iron Maiden tribute band
Coverslave on their Twitter account.
Clive Burr, the ex-Iron Maiden drummer, dies aged 56 – Telegraph.co.uk