R.I.P. CLIVE BURR

Clive Burr, the former drummer of Iron Maiden, has passed away.

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Following a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis, Clive died in his sleep last night on March 12, 4 days after he turned 56.

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Iron Maiden recently posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
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“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.”

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Bassist 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.”

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Vocalist Bruce Dickinson added: “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”

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Clive joined Maiden in 1979 and performed on their first three albums Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981) and The Number Of The Beast (1982). He had previously been a member of Samson with Bruce Dickinson before they entered Maiden’s ranks.

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Clive was also the patron of the charity Clive Aid, which was formed in 2004. Clive Aid has raised awareness and funds for various Cancer and Multiple Sclerosis programs around the world with gigs. Clive attended many of these events, despite being confined to a wheelchair.

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