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Old 14-07-2011, 12:46   #1
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Motorhead. Ex Guitarist Wurzel died.

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Motorhead legend Wurzel has died aged 61, the band has announced.

The guitarist, real name Michael Burston, died at the weekend from a heart attack.

Wurzel joined the heavy metal band in 1984 after playing in other bands and serving in the Army.

Born in Cheltenham, he earned his nickname during his time in the Army because of his West Country roots, scruffy appearance and likeness to TV scarecrow Worzel Gummidge.

At the insistence of Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, Burston later added an umlaut to the 'U' in line with the spelling of the band's name.

Wurzel became the madcap court jester and counterfoil to Lemmy's sterner image.

He played on nine studio and live albums between 1984 and his departure in 1995.

"We are greatly saddened to confirm that our long-time friend and comrade Wurzel died Saturday at his home," the band said on its website.

"Wurz was pouring a Guinness and cracking a joke when he succumbed to a heart attack. At least we know he went with a smile."
Quite a nice way to go.

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Born in 1949, his real name was Michael Burston, getting his distinctive nickname, Wurzel, in the army due to his scarecrow like appearance.

He had been a corporal in the Army, serving in Germany and Ireland with the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, before playing in the bands ******* and Warfare. He went for an audition for Motorhead along with another unknown Phil Campbell and joined the iconic band making his debut on a 1984 edition of the Young Ones comedy show and was a key member of one of the finest british rock bands ever till he left in 1995.

He had been working on his band before the news that he had died of ventricular fibrillation, caused by cardiomyopathy

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Old 14-07-2011, 12:59   #2
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He wasn't the ******* singer. If you are going to post tributes then at least get the basic facts right
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Quite a nice way to go.
Guess you've never seen anyone die of a heart attack then.
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Guess you've never seen anyone die of a heart attack then.
Someone saw Wurzel die. Hence the quote. And it can be very quick.

"Wurz was pouring a Guinness and cracking a joke when he succumbed to a heart attack. At least we know he went with a smile."
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He wasn't the ******* singer. If you are going to post tributes then at least get the basic facts right
Sorry, You're right. He was of course the drummer.
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Quick = nice? I'm gonna opt for the guillotine whilst having a bacon sandwich then. Not a Motorhead fan?

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Always sad to hear of someone you feel that you know [through their work] passing away. It never fails to surprise me when I see how old these people are now. I know time passes for everyone, but I never thought of Wurzel as being 61. No age really. RIP.
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Quick = nice? I'm gonna opt for the guillotine whilst having a bacon sandwich then. Not a Motorhead fan?
You'd rather a drawn out death then with months of agony rather than dropping dead out of the blue, from a heart attack? Weird.

Anyway, RIP.
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A heart attack isnt a nice death. Its quick but not nice. And definitely not for the people who are around you at the time.
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You'd rather a drawn out death then with months of agony rather than dropping dead out of the blue, from a heart attack? Weird.

Anyway, RIP.
Seen both at first hand. Both ******* horrible. Not 'nice'.
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Sorry, You're right. He was of course the drummer.
Maybe you should edit the title then?
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He's being "amusing". He was the guitarist. This whole thread reeks of disrespect from the OP. ****.
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I've edited the title seeing as Mr Blobby can't be bothered.

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Thank you, Bish.

There was a good obituary from The Grudian here.

RIP Würzel
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