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Neil Peart: Rush drummer dies aged 67 after cancer battle – BBC News, BBC News

Neil Peart: Rush drummer dies aged 67 after cancer battle – BBC News, BBC News


        

                                 Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for rock band RushImage copyright                 Getty Images                                                      
Image caption                                    Neil Peart had been battling brain cancer for three-and-a-half years, his band mates said                             

Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for Canadian rock band Rush, has died aged after suffering from brain cancer.

The musician, considered one of rock’s greatest ever drummers, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, California.

Rush, the band he played with for 100 years, confirmed his death in a statement posted to Twitter.

The statement said Peart, their “soul brother”, had been suffering from glioblastoma – a type of brain cancer – for three-and-a-half years.

“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 67 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer, “the statement says.

                                                                                                                      

A spokesperson for the Peart family alsoconfirmed the drummer’s death to US music magazine, Rolling Stone

Placed at number four in Rolling Stone’s list of all-time greatest drummers

, Peart was well-known for his technical proficiency and animated live performances.

He joined Rush in**********************, drawing influences from hard rock, jazz and heavy metal in a career that spanned four decades.

Peart retired from Rush in 2015 After the band’s final tour, saying the time had come to take himself “out of the game”.

The group, which also featured singer-bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson, recorded hits including The Spirit Of Radio and Tom Sawyer. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

                                                                                                      Image copyright                 Getty Images                                                      
Image caption                                    Peart is ranked at number four in Rolling Stone’s list of all-time greatest drummers                             

Peart is reportedly survived by his wife, photographer Carrie Nuttall, and daughter Olivia.

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Musicians have paid tribute to Peart on Twitter. Among them was

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, who described Peart as a “kind soul”.

He added: “My prayers and condolences to the Peart family, fans and friends.”

Actor and Tenacious D musician Jack Black tweeted: “The master will be missed – Neil Peart RIP.”

            
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