Rush drummer Neil Peart dies aged 67

The rock band musician died aged 67 on Tuesday January 7, in Santa Monica, California.

Rush drummer Neil Peart has died after a three-year battle with brain cancer.

The rock band musician died aged 67 on Tuesday January 7, in Santa Monica, California.

The cause of his death was a result of brain cancer which he had been fighting quietly, according to the Peart family spokesperson Elliott Mintz.

He retired from music in 2015 and he cited wanting to spend more time with his wife Carrie.

The drummer has left behind his wife for 19 years after they tied the knot in 2000.

Neil joined Rush and made waves in the music industry from 1974.

The Canadian born lyricist wasn't part of the band from the beginning as he worked with them in time for the release of their second album.

His band Rush paid tribute in a gushing statement about the rocker.

It read: "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 condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil's name.

"Rest in peace brother."

 

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