Original Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr (OC Register, Ben Wener), who anchored the British band's seminal first three albums, died in his sleep Tuesday night after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 56.
Burr joined the future giants of metal in December 1979, jumping ship from his previous group, Samson, at the suggestion of Dennis Stratton, a guitarist whose time with Maiden would end within a year. But Burr stayed on until 1982, powering the band from its raw self-titled 1980 debut and its equally lean-and-mean follow-up, 1981's Killers, on through the trendsetting breakthrough The Number of the Beast.
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