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Passings: Clive Burr of Iron Maiden (1957 - 2013)

Clive Burr, drummer for Iron Maiden on some of the biggest albums, had died from multiple sclerosis. He was 56.

Burr began his music career as a member of the group Samson from 1976 to 1978. In late 1979, he replaced original Maiden drummer Doug Sampson who was not able commit to the band's touring schedule due to health issues, playing on the group's first recorded appearance, a compilation called Metal For Muthas.

Burr would record the first three Maiden albums, Iron Maiden, Killers and Number of the Beast before leaving in late 1982 due to tour scheduling and personal problems, replaced by Nicko McBrain who remains the drummer for the group.

Burr's first post-Maiden gig was with the French band, Trust, who McBrain had just left, followed by the American group Alcatrazz. Over the next two decades, he played with Gogmagog, his own Clive Burr's Escape, Dee Snider's Desperado, Elixir and Praying Mantis.

In the 2000's, Burr was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the treatment leaving him deep in debt. His former Iron Maiden bandmates were instrumental in forming the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund which has transformed into Clive Aid which helps those with MS and cancer.

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