MOTÖRHEAD have issued the following statement regarding the passing of former guitarist Michael “Würzel” Burston who died on July 9th from ventricular fibrillation caused by heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), at the age of 61:
“We are greatly saddened to confirm that our long-time friend and comrade Würzel died Saturday at his home. Würz was pouring a Guinness and cracking a joke when he succumbed to a heart attack; at least we know he went with a smile. It is a cliche to say that words cannot describe how we feel, and in this case, other than ones such as ‘shit’ and ‘awful’ and ‘very very sad’ it is true, they really can’t. We all shared many many great times together, and what he did for Motörhead is quite simply indelible. As our good friend Steve ‘Krusher’ Joule said, ‘RIP dear Würzel, a rocker and a gentleman.'”
Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister added: “Wurzel was my friend and my brother and he’s never going to laugh with me again or bitch me out or do….anything. And that truly and cosmically SUCKS. RIP Wurz Godspeed. Good Man.”
Würzel recorded nine albums for Motörhead starting with the collection No Remorse (1984) up until Sacrifice (1995).