Jessica Miller, wife of METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich, has paid tribute to Ray Burton, father of the late METALLICA bassist Cliff Burton, who passed away on January 15 at the age of 94.
Earlier today (Wednesday, January 22), Miller has posted a photo of Ray on Instagram Stories, and she included the following message: "Ray Burton used to always call me 'Jennifer,' and I never had the heart to correct him. Such a sweet being with an immense love for life. I'll miss running into his smile across the country at random shows or events. My heart is with his beautiful family."
Ray died just 15 days shy of his 95th birthday.
Cliff joined METALLICA in 1982 and performed on the band's first three studio albums: "Kill 'Em All", "Ride The Lightning" and "Master Of Puppets". He also received a posthumous writing credit for the song "To Live Is to Die" from the band's fourth studio album, "...And Justice For All" and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of METALLICA on April 4, 2009.
His life was tragically cut short at the age of 24 in a tour bus crash on September 27, 1986 in Sweden.
Burton's initial replacement in the group was Jason Newsted, who stayed in the lineup until 2001. Robert Trujillo joined in 2003 and remains in the band to this day.
February 10, 2018 was proclaimed "Cliff Burton Day" by Alameda County supervisors. The late METALLICA bassist would have turned 56 years old on that date had he lived.