Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr passed away last night peacefully in his sleep at the age of 56. Burr joined Maiden in 1979 and performed on the first three albums Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981) and The Number Of The Beast (1982). Burr was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which caused him to need a wheelchair and left him in great debt. Iron Maiden staged several charity concerts for Burr.
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.”
Bruce Dickinson adds “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 humour or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family”
Our deepest condolences to Burr’s family, his friends, the members of Iron Maidens, and all the fans around the world.