After battling MS for many years, ex Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr died in his sleep just 5 days after his 56th birthday. Originally from East Ham, London, Clive played a role as a songwriter and musician for the band Samson, before joining Iron Maiden as their drummer.
He was an original member of the band, and recorded 3 albums before leaving in 1982 due to personal reasons and tour scheduling. He did go on to perform with other bands before finally putting his sticks down for good in 2004.
Prior to finally retiring though, he played on with many others that we also know. Most famously, he played with Dee Snider in a little project that they called, "Desperado". It may not sound so familiar, because of a falling out with the record label at the time.
Although he never became an official member of either band, he also played with british bands, "Praying Mantis" and "Elixir" in the '90's. His signature white kit was donated for display at the London Hard Rock Cafe in 2005, where it still sits today for all to see.
Iron Maiden lead-vocalist Bruce Dickinson, had this to say about his former band mate and friend: the best drummer the band ever had. That's not taking anything away from [present drummer] Nicko. Technically, Nicko's probably a far more competent drummer than Clive. It's just that Clive had this incredible feel, and you can't learn that, and I regret that he wasn't given more time to try and sort himself out."
When Clive first learned of his Diagnosis, the band organized the Clive Burr MS fund to assist with the research and development of cures for Multiple Sclerosis, and also held charity concerts for the cause as well.
RIP to you brother Clive.