HAHA. My burner was DESTROYED when it finally died.
*It was all bent up, (the coil was separating and each ring looked like they were taking on their own "orbit" to be semi- descriptive), the actual metal was chipping off the metal coil and it was splitting! The feet of the burner were melted, and then finally after it's many faithful years of service (at least 3), it died in the exact same fashion as yours.
Went to wags, after the bowl was done and bought a new one
I don't like this one as much as my walmart one though. That and it cost more
10.00 instead of 4.00