Neil Peart, legendary drummer and lyricist for the band Rush, died this past Tuesday, January 7 in Santa Monica, CA. He was 67-years-old.
The cause of death was brain cancer, “which he had been quietly battling for three years”, according to Elliot Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family.
Peart retired in 2015. His retirement also marked the end of Rush.
Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have issued the following statement regarding the death of drummer Neil Peart, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 67 from brain cancer:
“It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. 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.
“Rest in peace brother.
“Neil Peart September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020”
Our thoughts are with Peart’s loved ones during this difficult time.
RIP Neil, you inspired many and will be missed by many more.