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Former Motörhead Guitarist Würzel Dies

Former Motörhead Guitarist Würzel Dies

Former Motörhead guitarist Michael “Würzel” Burston reportedly died on Saturday of ventricular fibrillation, triggered by a disease that often leads to heart failure. He was 61. Tim Butcher, Motörhead frontman Lemmy’s longtime bass technician, reported the news Saturday on his Facebook page.

Würzel joined the band in 1984 alongside guitarist Phil Campbell, and the duo recorded the releases No Remorse, The Birthday Party, Orgasmatron, Rock ’n’ Roll, Nö Sleep at All, March ör Die, Bastards, and Sacrifice together. Würzel left the group in 1995, after which they carried on as a three-piece with Campbell on six-string duty.

While in Motörhead, he released the solo album Bess in 1987. In recent years, Würzel played in the group Leader of Down, and in 1998 released the ambient album Chill Out or Die. He joined Motörhead onstage in 2009 for a rendition of “Ace of Spades,” which you can watch below.

The band paid tribute to Würzel on Sunday during their set at the U.K.’s Sonisphere festival. Lemmy reportedly said, “We’d like to dedicate this set and our lives to Würzel.”

The staff of Revolver wishes to extend our thoughts to his family, friends, and former bandmates during this time. R.I.P.

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