Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr has passed away in his home last night after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
â€œThis is terribly sad news,â€ comments Maiden bassist Steve Harris. â€œClive 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.â€
Bruce Dickinson adds, â€œI 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 familyâ€
Clive joined Maiden in 1979, drumming on the bandâ€™s first three, classic albums, 1980′s Iron Maiden, â€™81 follow-up Killers and landmark album, 1982′s The Number of the Beast. Clive was also a member of Bruce Dickinsonâ€™s pre-Maiden band, Samson.