Neil Peart Has Passed Away, R.I.P.

The Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart has died at the age of 67. A family spokesperson confirmed the news to Deadline's sister publication Rolling Stone.

The Canadian musician had been diagnosed with brain cancer three years ago and died on 7 January in Santa Monica, California.

Peart was widely considered one of the best drummers in rock history, with a flamboyant yet utterly precise style.

He was also the youngest person inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame back in 1983. Bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson went on never explicitly saying they wouldn't all make music together again, but that the Rush you'd see live would never include Peart again.

Neil Peart of Rush performs during the final show of the R40 Tour at The Forum on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Los Angeles.

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Famed for his technical skills and songwriting, Peart played on all of Rush's albums bar the band's 1974 debut which featured John Rutsey behind the kit.

Rush released 19 studio albums, selling over 40m units worldwide.

Peart was easily one of the greatest drummers of all time, and his drumkit was that of legend, nearly to comedic effect.

Peart is survived by his wife, Carrie, and their daughter, Olivia Louise Peart.

  • Michelle Webb