A former drummer for the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, Clive Burr, died Wednesday at age 56, Reuters reports. Burr, who was suffering from multiple sclerosis, and had been in poor health in recent years, died “peacefully in his sleep at home,” according to a statement from the band.
Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979, playing on their self-titled debut album, as well as the two that followed. Burr left the band after 1982’s “The Number of the Beast,” which topped sales charts in the UK. One year later the band began releasing a series of albums that sold well in the United States, bringing them worldwide acclaim.
After leaving Iron Maiden, Burr played with a long list of metal bands, including Trust and Stratus. He last played with Elixir on the 2004 album “Sovereign Remedy.” Even still, Burr will always be remembered for his work with Iron Maiden. “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,” says founding Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris.