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Clive Burr, the former drummer for the band Iron Maiden, has died at age 56.
He had been dealing with multiple sclerosis since the 1990s and was forced to use a wheelchair, reports The New York Daily News. He died Tuesday night in his sleep and just turned 56 Friday.
Members Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson paid tribute to Burr on the band’s Facebook page.
“This is terribly sad news,” Harris wrote. “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.”
“Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence,” Dickinson remembered. “This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family.”
According to Rolling Stone, Burr was first the member of metal band Samson before joining Iron Maiden in 1979. He played on their first three albums, Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981) and The Number of the Beast (1982) and was a key part of tracks like “Running Free” and “Run to the Hills.”
Burr left the band in December 1982, but continued to play with metal bands, including Dee Snider’s Desperado. When he was diagnosed with MS, his former Maiden bandmates started the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund.