The official Instagram page of Metallica has posted the photo series of the band’s frontman, James Hetfield and the father of late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, Ray Burton, after his unexpected death.

Ray Burton passed away on January 15, at age of the 94. The sad news was confirmed by Ray’s daughter and Metallica.

His death affected the whole rock and roll world, but his closest friends, including James Hetfield, and the rest of his family felt more suffering. James is still on a treatment program for serious alcohol addiction but he broke his silence after Ray’s sad loss.

James Hetfield has penned a heart-melting letter on social media, devastating after the sad death of Ray Burton.

Here’s the statement after his death:

“MR. RAY BURTON

Mr. Ray Burton is a hero of mine. In earthly form, his end of the line. He weathered many a difficult storm. A strong compass true and gracefully worn to his last breath, I’ve not met a more positive man and to his son, there was not a more loyal fan.

So he leaves the material world to be with his sons and wife. I feel so very blessed to have had him grace my life in earthly form, his end of the line. Mr. Ray Burton is a hero of mine. May peace be yours.

Love and Respect,

James.”

A fan named s.lippo commented and said this:

“Beautiful words❤️😢”

Another user named daddy_g_ wrote this:

“RIP Sounds like a great guy.Sorry for your loss of a friend!🔥🤘😈🤘🔥”

See the Instagram photos below.