He had acquired the nickname WÃ¼rzel in the Army because his Scarecrow like hair made him look like a British children’s fictional character Worzel Gummidge. MotÃ¶rhead leader Lemmy Kilmister is rumored to have had the idea to add the umlaut to the ‘U’ to make it more metal.
WÃ¼rzel also performed with the bands Bastard and Warfare, and most recently with Leader of Down. His fans remember him most from his tenure with MotÃ¶rhead, during which the band had released songs such as “Orgasmatron,” “Sacrifice,” and “Going to Brazil.”
The band has issued an official statement regarding WÃ¼rzel’s passing.
“We are greatly saddened to confirm that our long-time friend and comrade WÃ¼rzel died Saturday at his home. WÃ¼rz was pouring a Guinness and cracking a joke when he succumbed to a heart attack; at least we know he went with a smile.
“As our good friend Steve ‘Krusher’ Joule said, ‘RIP, dear WÃ¼rzel, a rocker and a gentleman.'”
MOTÃ–RHEAD 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 doâ€¦.anything. And that truly and cosmically SUCKS.
“RIP Wurz. Godspeed. Good man.”
Drummer Mikkey Dee spoke of WÃ¼rzel in an interview following the news, stating that the former guitarist was “more rock and roll than all of us put together”. During their set at the UK Sonisphere Festival, Lemmy reportedly announced to the crowd, “We’d like to dedicate this set and our lives to WÃ¼rzel”.
RIP Michael “WÃ¼rzel” Burston
23 October 1949 â€“ 9 July 2011