Former drummer of heavy metal greats Iron Maiden, Clive Burr, has passed away three days ago after years of fighting multiple sclerosis. As a member of one of the group's earlier lineups, Burr was featured on the first three Maiden albums - the self-title debut, 1980's "Killers" and the breakthrough release "The Number Of The Beast" from 1982.
"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," the band said in a statement via official website.
"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," stated the bassist Steve Harris.
Frontman Bruce Dickinson added that Burr "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."
The unfortunate news immediately reached all parts of the globe, saddening both the fans and musicians, who shared their reactions and condolences.
Slash: "Really sad news; RIP Clive Burr. Played on my fav Iron Maiden records."
Dave Lombardo (Slayer): "Sadness overcame my morning when I heard this news. His style was inspiring and the albums he recorded with Iron Maiden are touchstones of my music education. He played with a particular energy which bought edge and excitement to the Iron Maiden classics. I never got to meet him, but I wish did. The best thing for me to do right now is listen to some classic Iron Maiden. Up the irons!"
David Ellefson (Megadeth): "I was so saddened to hear of Clive Burr passing away today. He was one of my all-time favorite metal drummers. I'm thankful for his music and contributions. My condolences..."
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine): "RIP Clive Burr, original Iron Maiden drummer, who rocked those first 3 records HARD."
Dave McClain (Machine Head): "Very sad news. One of my favorite drummers and a huge influence on me as a young drummer. To me, he brought punk rock drumming into heavy metal. I can remember walking into the Hemisphere Arena in San Antonio to see Iron Maiden and seeing Clive's white kit on stage. I about crapped my pants! I just stood there in awe looking at the actual kit that I had been staring at on the back of the 'Killers' album cover for the whole summer. I was a happy kid! He will always be an inspiration to my drumming. One of my go-to guys when I'm trying to find different drum fills and beats, or I'll ask myself, 'What would Clive do?'"
Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Testament, Exodus, Forbidden): "I'm truly saddened to hear of Clive Burr's passing. His drumming has had and still has a strong influence on my playing style. I bummed I never go to meet him and thank him in person for his musical gifts. God speed, Clive!"
Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest): "Not a prisoner, I'm a free man, And my blood is my own now, Don't care where the past was , I know where I'm going"
Jeff Waters (Annihilator): "RIP, Clive. One of the best, most original and most underrated drummers ever. His style was unique... his performances on those first three Maiden records influenced the drumming I've been writing for Annihilator all these years and he had me air-drumming my whole metal life... Only Lombardo was air-drummed more by me! Clive was #2 :) I met him once and was a class act. This is a loss of a true legend and innovator. Time to crank up 'The Prisoner.'"
Accept: "R.I.P. Clive Burr. He will be truly missed....he left us with some amazing drumming. Loved his style and sound."
Burr became the member of Iron Maiden in 1979 and was fired three years later during "The Beast On The Road" tour to be replaced by the group's current drummer Nicko McBrain. He formed the Clive Aid charity foundation in 2004, raising awareness and funds for various cancer and MS programs through organizing concert events.