Ex-Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr, aged 56, has died peacefully and in his sleep at his London home. The London born drummer was described as a “major ingredient” of Iron Maiden’s sound but had been suffering from multiple sclerosis and had been in poor health for a number of years.

After he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, his Maiden band mates formed the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund to help raise money for his living costs. They performed a number of concerts in his honour when he struggled to keep up payments on his house.

Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979 and played on the band’s first three albums. His third third and final album was 1982’s “The Number of the Beast”, which topped the UK album chart.

Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris said in the statement: “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.”

Lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson said Burr was “a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full”.

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