Influential Rush Drummer Neil Peart Has Died at 67

The Canadian musician died this week in Santa Monica

Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of Rush, died in Santa Monica on January 7, Rolling Stone reports. The 67 year old had been “quietly battling” gliboblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, for over three years.

Peart will be remembered as one of the leading drummers in the rock music cannon, with a complex and precise style that influenced subsequent generations of musicians. In addition to his playing, described by many as virtuosic, he was instrumental in crafting Rush’s imaginative song lyrics.

He joined Rush in 1974, complementing singer-bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson. In a statement, Lee and Lifeson describe their “friend, soul brother, and bandmate for over 45 years as “incredibly brave,” and request privacy for Peart’s family following the announcement of his passing.

“Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name,” the statement reads. “Rest in peace, brother.”

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