NWOBHM legends confirmed earlier that former drummer, Clive Burr, had passed away after many years of suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. He was 56 years old. The band released the following statement this morning:
"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."
Clive Burr joined Maiden in 1979, and performed on the first three albums: Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981) and The Number of the Beast (1982). Before becoming an addition to Maiden, Burr also drummed with Samson, the band Bruce fronted before he too joined Maiden. Burr left the band shortly after recording 'Beast, due to personal issues, however continued to drum for various projects, including French group 'Trust', and 'Desperado', with Twisted Sister's Dee Snider.
Burr was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which left him deeply in debt and unable to play. Iron Maiden performed 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 in order to raise awareness of illnesses and MS. Clive Aid will continue to raise funds for multiple sclerosis programs around the world through the staging of rock gigs. Burr made it his duty to attend as many of these events as he physically could.
Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris had this to add:
“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."