Clifford Lee Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986) was an American bassist and songwriter. He is best known for playing the bass guitar in the thrash metal band Metallica from 1982 until his death in 1986.
|Birth name||Clifford Lee Burton|
|Born||February 10, 1962|
Castro Valley, California
|Died||September 27, 1986 (aged 24)|
Ljungby Municipality, Sweden
|Genres||Thrash metal, speed metal, heavy metal|
|Associated acts||Metallica, Agents of Misfortune, EZ-Street, Trauma|
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.
- "26 Years Ago: Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton Dies in a Bus Accident". Retrieved 2012-12-30.