Sad day in Burton family 🙁
Ray Burton, a father of the late METALLICA bassist Cliff Burton, passed away on Wednesday, January 15 at the age of 94.
Burton‘s death was confirmed by his daughter.
It was announced on his social page, saying:
“To let you all know that my Dad died last Wednesday. Rest in peace Dad.”
Burton joined METALLICA in 1982 and performed on the band’s first three studio albums: “Kill ‘Em All”, “Ride The Lightning” and “Master Of Puppets”. He also received a posthumous writing credit for the song “To Live Is to Die” from the band’s fourth studio album, “…And Justice For All” and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of METALLICA on April 4, 2009.
His life was tragically cut short at the age of 24 in a tour bus crash on September 27, 1986 in Sweden.
Burton‘s initial replacement in the group was Jason Newsted, who stayed in the lineup until 2001. Robert Trujillo joined in 2003 and remains in the band to this day.