Chicago's Alligator Records reports that guitarist, vocalist, songwriter Michael "Iron Man" Burks died in Atlanta on Sunday, May 6, 2012. Burks, who was born July 30, 1957, was 54 years old. He was returning from a tour of Europe and collapsed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He was rushed to South Fulton Medical Center where he could not be revived. The preliminary diagnosis for cause of death was a heart attack.
Burks won the 2004 Living Blues magazine Critics' Award for Best Guitarist and received a nomination for the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best Guitarist.
Burks released three albums on Alligator. GuitarOne named his debut album, "Make It Rain," one of the Top 200 greatest guitar recordings of all time. Burks had just finished recording his fourth Alligator CD, which is due for release at the end of July.
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