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Clive Burr, the former drummer for British metal rock band Iron Maiden, has died.  The band reported on its website Wednesday that Burr, who had been suffering with Multiple Sclerosis died "peacefully in his sleep at home."  He was 56. 

Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979 and performed on the band's first three albums, 1980's "Iron Maiden," 1981's "Killers" and 1982's "The Number of the Beast."  Before joining Maiden, he was a member of the band Samson, which was also led by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.  

In a statement, Dickinson called Burr "a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full."  He says, "Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humor or irreverence." 

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris described Burr as "an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days" when the band was starting out.  He added, "This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him.  Our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and his family at this time."  

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