Neil Peart, legendary drummer and primary lyricist for iconic RUSH, has passed away on Tuesday, January 7th in Santa Monica, California. He was 67 years old. Neil had been privately battling brain cancer for three years, according to a statement from Peart family spokesperson Elliott Mintz.
RUSH have posted via their official Facebook page:
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