Cliff Burton

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Cliff Burton
Birth name Clifford Lee Burton
Born February 10, 1962(1962-02-10)
Castro Valley, California
Died September 27, 1986(1986-09-27) (aged 24)
Ljungby Municipality, Sweden
Genres Thrash metal, speed metal, heavy metal
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Bass
Years active 1979–1986
Associated acts Metallica, Agents of Misfortune, EZ-Street, Trauma

Clifford Lee Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986) was an American bassist and songwriter that is best known for being the bassist of the thrash metal band Metallica from 1982 until his death in 1986.

He died during a European tour when Metallica's tour bus skidded off the road and flipped over. Burton was thrown out of the bus' window and the bus fell on him. They attempted to rescue Burton from underneath the bus by lifting it with a crane, but the crane slipped, and the bus landed down on top of Burton a second time.[1]

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