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Clive Burr, Iron Maiden drummer from 1979 to 1982, may not have been in the band for a huge amount of time when you take into account how lengthy and successful their career has been, but you only need to look at the albums that came down during his tenure to see how much of an influence he has had on metalheads all over the world. That trifecta of Iron MaidenKillers and The Number Of The Beast are some of the most important metal albums ever created and Burr’s signature drum sound is plastered all over them. The band released the following statement concerning his passing:

“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.”

With both Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson also weighing in on the situation. Extremely saddening news, especially when you consider how young he was, so I’ll be celebrating his life with those classic records and, if you’ve somehow managed to reach this point in your life without hearing them, I’d highly recommend you do the same.

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-DL

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