Iconic Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dead At 67

Iconic Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dead At 67

Iconic Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dead At 67

Neil Peart, whose drum theatrics fueled the Canadian rock trio Rush to global fame, died Friday of brain cancer in Santa Monica.

A spokesperson for the Peart family, Elliott Mintz, confirmed that Peart died of brain cancer in Santa Monica, Calif., on January 7.

The iconic rocker's passing is a major hit for music fans, as he is one of greatest drummers in rock history. Together with with singer-bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson he created some of the most seminal albums in progressive rock including 2112 and Moving Pictures. He had been battling the bad disease for three years.

Despite being a world-famous drummer, Peart told Rolling Stone that he still took drum lessons as recently as 2012.

He was also an acclaimed author with books including his debut The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa, and Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road. "And he can do that while doing all kinds of cool shit".

Peart is best known for being the drummer and primary lyricist for Rush, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 and celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2015 with a special tour.

Rest in peace, Neil Peart.

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