Ray Burton

Ray Burton, Father Of Late Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton, Has Passed Away (Updated)


Update: January 20th, 2020 09:39 AM:

Metallica have issued the below statement on Ray‘s passing:

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“It is with incredible sorrow that we said farewell to Cliff’s dad Ray Burton last week. For 38 years, we were lucky enough to have the energy, wisdom and light of Ray in our lives. His eternal youth with his drive, positivity and relentless smile were both incredibly powerful and stirringly honest.

From coast to coast and overseas too, Ray’s beaming face would regularly greet us, offering warmth and anchor to our travels, and when it came to the entire Metallica family, band, crew and fans, he viewed us all as his own. That he has passed away leaves an indefinable feeling of sadness and loss, but equally, we know Ray wouldn’t want us “moping around on our darn keisters” for too long.

So, in honor of him, and the kind of man he was, we also want to truly celebrate the 94 years of life Ray gave everyone, knowing in certainty that a glint of his light, wisdom and energy will always be with us all wherever we go.

We love you Ray,
Rest in peace”

Each member of the band have have also offered individual tributes to Ray over at

Original Story:

Ray Burton, the father of late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, has passed away, according to his daughter Connie. She revealed via social media today (January 19th) that Ray passed away last Wednesday, January 15th. The band included Ray in various Cliff and other Metallica-related activities over the years, including attending and taking part in many shows, their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction and more.

Cliff‘s share of the band’s royalties would later go to Ray and his family after his son’s passing. Ray would go on to donate portions of it to education programs at Cliff‘s old high school. Ray was 94 at the time of his passing. A cause of death was not specified.

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