Legendary producer Martin Birch, known for engineering and producing iconic albums by Deep Purple, Rainbow, Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, and Iron Maiden, has died on Sunday (9th). He was 71 years old. His passing was confirmed on social media by Whitesnake/ex-Deep Purple frontman Davide Coverdale who Tweeted the following message:

“It is with a very heavy heart I’ve just had verified my very dear friend & producer Martin Birch has passed away…Martin was a huge part of my life…helping me from the first time we met through until Slide It In…My thoughts & prayers to his family, friends & fans…”

Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Anthrax members and more have taken to social media to pay tribute to this enormous loss:


Our thoughts goto Birch’s family and friends during this difficult time.