Legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart has died. He was 67 years old. Peart died on Tuesday, January 7, in Santa Monica, CA, according to Elliot Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family. He had been quietly battling brain cancer for the last three years.
A representative for the band confirmed the news of Peart’s passing to Rolling Stone.
Rush released an official statement, saying, “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.”
In 2015, Rush completed their 40th Anniversary ‘R40’ Tour which also served as the band’s farewell. Neil Peart retired after the run to spend more time with his family.
Throughout a career that spanded four decades, Rush sold over 40 million album worldwide. They have been nominated for seven GRAMMY Awards. The band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.