Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr passed away Tuesday (March 12) at his home after a struggle with multiple sclerosis, according to a post on the group’s official website. He was 56.
Burr became a member of Iron Maiden in 1979 and played on the metal band’s first three studio albums: 1980’s Iron Maiden, 1981’s Killers and 1982’s Number of the Beast. Later, he played in a collection of other bands, including Trust, Alcatrazz and Gogmagog.
Following Burr’s diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, Iron Maiden played a collection of benefit shows and created the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund to help pay his mounting medical bills.
“Clive…was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out,” founding Maiden bass player Steve Harris said in an official statement. “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 was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full,” added frontman Bruce Dickinson. “Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humor or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day.”