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(Yahoo!) - Clive Burr, who was the former drummer for iconic metal band Iron Maiden, passed away Tuesday night at the age of 56. Burr, who had been in poor health for several years following a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, died at home in his sleep, according to a statement posted on Iron Maiden's official site.

Burr joined the British band in 1979 after leaving former group Samson. He added a powerful element to the influential outfit's early classics, including their breakthrough album, 1982's The Number Of The Beast. In total, he contributed to that release, plus Iron Maiden's 1980 self-titled debut and 1981's Killers. He left the band right before they approached stadium-headliner status to pursue a variety of metal-related projects.

Here's five of Burr's most epic moments with Iron Maiden over his short but influential period with the band, including two official music videos ("The Number Of The Beast" and "Run To The Hills"), plus a live version of one of the two songs he co-wrote for Maiden--"Total Eclipse," which was the b-side to "Run To The Hills."

"Running Free"


"The Number Of The Beast"

"Run To The Hills"

"Total Eclipse"


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