Motörhead has issued the following statement regarding the passing of the band’s former guitarist Michael “Würzel” Burston:
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.”
Würzel 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 Würz. Godspeed. Good Man.
And Motörhead drummer said this of Würzel:
He was wonderful. He wrote lots of fucking great Motörhead riffs. I remember missing that when he was not in the band anymore. I missed the simple, classic Motörhead riffs. We never wrote those after that. They ended with him.
[Source: Ultimate-Guitar.com – Motörhead Drummer Remembers Würzel]