According to a posting on the Facebook page of Tim Butcher - Lemmy's longtime bass technician - former Motörhead guitarist Michael "Würzel" Burston died yesterday (Saturday, July 9). The cause of death was not revealed. Würzel was 61 years old.

Before joining Motörhead in 1984, Burston had been a corporal in the Army, serving in Germany and Ireland with the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, and had played in the bands Bastard and Warfare. Joining another relatively unknown guitarist, Phil Campbell, they played together at a Motörhead audition, and both were taken on.

Burston acquired the nickname Würzel while in the Army, being compared to the character Worzel Gummidge due to his scarecrow-style hair and bumpkin-like manner. Lemmy reportedly demanded that Würzel add an umlaut to the "U" in his name, for "heavy metal effect."

Würzel left Motörhead in 1995.

For the past couple of years, Burston has played with a new band called Leader of Down, which last month headlined the main stage at the U.K. fundraising music festival "Never Mind The Bullocks" in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance.

Würzel joined Motörhead on stage on November 28, 2009 at the Hammersmith Apollo to perform the band's classic song "Ace Of Spades".

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Posted: 10.07.2011 by Dominus


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Xim - 10.07.2011 at 13:34  
Damn, another fallen musician. RIP Würzel. _\,,/
Angelic Storm - 10.07.2011 at 14:11  
Noo! Wurzel was awesome, I was very sad when I found out he'd left Motorhead. RIP Wurzel the great \m/
Mr. Doctor - 10.07.2011 at 14:29  
Rip Würzel, keep on rocking.

Kass - 10.07.2011 at 14:41  
BloodTears - 10.07.2011 at 14:51  
RIP. Another one who leaves us.
Valentin B - 10.07.2011 at 15:40  
I saw a headline that "former Motorhead guitarist passed away", and i instantly thought it was Fast Eddie Clark, who's my fave 'Head guitarist, but now i see this guy also wrote some awesome stuff. Keep on rocking.
In Bone Factory - 10.07.2011 at 17:37  
R.I.P. Wurzel \m/
Vitriolic Hate - 10.07.2011 at 18:12  
Cynic Metalhead - 10.07.2011 at 19:20  
He'll be surely missed!
Lit. Metalhead - 10.07.2011 at 20:05  
That's terrible. Such a damn good guitarist too.
R.I.P. \M/
Thrash666 - 10.07.2011 at 20:39  
Fuck..... R.I.P. Wurzel. Keep it Metal Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elodie Artour - 10.07.2011 at 20:58  
Written by Xim on 10.07.2011 at 13:34

Damn, another fallen musician. RIP Würzel. _\,,/

Indeed. RIP, Würzel!
Saeed_P - 10.07.2011 at 22:13  
LeChron James - 10.07.2011 at 22:28  
I'm surprised Doc Godin hasn't commented on this yet.

Dark Blood - 11.07.2011 at 01:06  
RIP Wurzel.
LoudBoy26 - 11.07.2011 at 02:56  
I liked That Guy And The Time He Spend In Motorhead- He Was Cool
Pandabeer - 11.07.2011 at 06:06  
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!!!!!!!!! Why?! I expecting motorhead guys are such of immortal men R.I.P. Würzel
.Nemesis. - 11.07.2011 at 16:58  
He died on Skylar's birthday. Skylar is a HUGE motorhead fan.

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