Billboard: Ray Burton, Father of Late Metallica Bassist, Dies at 94
"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," they wrote in a loving tribute that included a picture of Ray Burton rocking two silver skull rings and a jean jacket. "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."