Clive Burr has died in his sleep. The former Iron Maiden Drummer passed away at the age of fifty six from multiple sclerosis on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Burr had joined the band in 1979 and played on their first three albums which included their breakthrough record The Number of the Beast. Back in 1982 he left due to some personal issue.
“Burr was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the treatment of which left him deeply in debt. Iron Maiden staged a series of charity concerts and were involved in the founding of the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund. Burr used a wheelchair because of his condition.
He was also the patron of Clive Aid, a charity formed in 2004. Clive Aid has continued to raise awareness and funds for various cancer and multiple sclerosis programs around the world through the staging of rock events. Burr attended many of these events”.
Following news of Burr‘s death, Iron Maiden front-man Bruce DICkinson said,
“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 (Burr’s wife) Mimi and the family.”
Bassist Steve Harris added,
”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.”
He had been once been a member of Samson.