Cliff Burton

American heavy metal bassist

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.

Cliff Burton
Birth nameClifford Lee Burton
Born(1962-02-10)February 10, 1962
Castro Valley, California
DiedSeptember 27, 1986(1986-09-27) (aged 24)
Ljungby Municipality, Sweden
GenresThrash metal, speed metal, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, Songwriter
Years active1979–1986
A memorial plaque or grave to honour his legacy.

He died during a European tour in Sweden on September 24, 1986 when Metallica was celebrating the success of their album Master of Puppets. The band’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]By that time, he was already dead at just 24 years old.



  1. "26 Years Ago: Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton Dies in a Bus Accident". Retrieved 2012-12-30.

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