Clive Burr (1957-2013) Passed Away at 56

The man behind the drum kit in Number of the Beast, Clive Burr has passed away on 12 March 2013. Clive  well known as Iron Maiden former drummer in their early years, playing in the first four albums, Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981), Number of the Beast (1982) as well in live album Maiden Japan (1981).

from Wikipedia:
Burr was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the treatment of which left him deeply in debt. Iron Maiden staged a series of charity concerts and were involved in the founding of the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund. Burr used a wheelchair because of his condition.
He was also the patron of Clive Aid, a charity formed in 2004. Clive Aid has continued to raise awareness and funds for various cancer and multiple sclerosis programs around the world through the staging of rock events.Burr attended many of these events.
Burr died in his sleep on 12 March 2013. He was 56

from official website of Iron Maiden

World reaction for the news, gathered from twitter and other social network:

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.

Steve Harris said “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. 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."

Bruce Dickinson adds “I 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 family”

FrankBello ‏@TheFrankBello
RIP to the great Clive Burr. He inspired a generation of players- he will be missed..

Scott Ian ‏@Scott_Ian
Just heard about Clive Burr from a Chilean journalist. Sad sad news. My thoughts are with his family.

Charlie Benante ‏@skisum
CLIVE BURR...One of My Favorite Drummers of all time. A quick Story. It was 1981 I was hanging with Friends in..

Chris Jericho ‏@IAmJericho
Sad to hear of the passing of Clive Burr-great drummer and big part of @IronMaiden’s success. He looked so cool too

Andreas Kisser ‏@andreaskisser
R.I.P Clive Burr!

Mike Portnoy ‏@MikePortnoy
So sad to hear of the passing of Clive Burr...RIPI was so

David Ellefson (Facebook)
saddened to hear of Clive Burr passing away today. He was one of my all time favorite Metal drummers. I'm thankful for his music and contributions. My condolences....

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"After a long battle with multiple sclerosis, my dear friend Clive Burr [former IRON MAIDEN drummer] passed away in his sleep last night. We worked together on a project called DESPERADO from 1988-1990 and shared some great times, and sadly forgotten musical moments. I'm blessed to have spoken to him a couple of days ago on his birthday, shared some memories and a few smiles. 

Dee Snider ‏@deesnider
Today 3/8 is legendary Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr's bday. I spoke to him today. He is very ill with MS. Send him love & prayers!

Michael Amott ‏@Michael_Amott
RIP Clive Burr :(

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