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Former Iron Maiden drummer, Clive Burr, dies at 56

  • Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr has passed away at the age of 56 after suffering from multiple sclerosis.

    Steve Harris, the founder and bass player of the heavy metal band said on Wednesday it was "terribly sad news" in an announcement on the group's website.

    "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."

    Lead singer Bruce Dickinson also paid tribute, saying: "Even during the darkest days of his MS, Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence."

    Burr joined the band in 1979 and played on their first three albums.

    He was a member of British metal band Samson before joining Iron Maiden.

    Burr left the band in 1982, a year before they gained international stardom.

    He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001.

    His former Iron Maiden bandmates formed the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund to help raise money when he struggled to keep up payments on his house.