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Not the best way to start a Sunday  :(

This was posted on blabbermouth earlier......

According to a posting on the Facebook page of Tim Butcher, MOTORHEAD leader Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister's longtime bass tech and "right-hand man," former MOTORHEAD guitarist Michael "Wurzel" Burston died earlier today (Saturday, July 9). He was 61 years old.

Before joining MOTORHEAD in 1984, Burston had been a corporal in the Army, serving in Germany and Ireland with the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, and had played in the bands BASTARD and WARFARE. Joining another relatively unknown guitarist, Phil Campbell, they played together at a MOTORHEAD audition, and both were taken on.

Burston acquired the nickname Wurzel while in the Army, being compared to the character Worzel Gummidge due to his scarecrow-style hair and bumpkin-like manner. Lemmy reportedly demanded that W?rzel add an umlaut to the "U" in his name, for "heavy metal effect."
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Re: Former MOTORHEAD guitarist Michael "Wurzel" Burston dead ay 61
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011, 09:22:24 AM »
It has been confirmed that Wurzel died of ventricular fibrillation, caused by cardiomyopathy.

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Re: Former MOTORHEAD guitarist Michael "Wurzel" Burston dead ay 61
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011, 01:27:06 PM »
Damn, Bastards and March or Die are two of my favorite albums.

R.I.P

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Re: Former MOTORHEAD guitarist Michael "Wurzel" Burston dead ay 61
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2011, 09:13:39 AM »
RIP! ORGASMATRON is killer.

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Re: Former MOTORHEAD guitarist Michael "Wurzel" Burston dead ay 61
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2011, 11:16:47 AM »
First time I saw Wurzel was on the Young ones when Motorhead performed Ace of Spades in the University Challenge episode. Saw them a few times in the mid eighties with that line up and who can forget Orgasmatron! Died from "Ventricular Fibrillation", Its hard to die from anything simple anymore!