Rush Drummer Neil Peart Passes Away

11 January 2020 | 12:22 pm | Staff Writer

"Rest in peace brother."

Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart has passed away

Diagnosed with brain cancer three years ago, the Canadian musician died on 7 January in California aged 67. A representative for the band confirmed the news to The Guardian.

“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),” a statement from the band on Twitter read. 

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"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's name. 

"Rest in peace brother."

Rush were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013 with Peart recognised as one of the most technically proficient rock drummers in the industry inspiring the likes of Dave Grohl. 

"Today the world lost a true giant in the history of rock and roll," Grohl wrote. 

"An inspiration to millions with an unmistakable sound who spawned generations of musicians (like myself) to pick up two sticks and chase a dream. 

"A kind, thoughtful, brilliant man who ruled our radios and turntables not only with his drumming, but also his beautiful words. 

"I still vividly remember my first listen of 2112 when I was young. It was the first time I really listened to a drummer. And since that day, music has never been the same. His power, precision and composition was incomparable. He was called 'The Professor' for a reason: we all learned from him.

"Thank you, Neil for making our lives a better place with your music. You will be forever remembered and sorely missed by all of us. And my heartfelt condolences to the Rush family."