Rush drummer Neil Peart dead at 67

Peart passed away three days before the announcement

Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart has died at the age of 67 from brain cancer. Peart passed away on Tuesday (Jan 7th) in Santa Monica. His family says he was diagnosed three and a half years ago, but never announced it to his Rush fans.

“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),” his bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson share. “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.”

Rush called it quits in 2015 after 40 years together. Peart announced he wanted to retire, citing chronic pain and tendinitis. Peart was a mainstay among the greatest rock drummers with his virtuosic beats and his pre-arranged solos.

The Canadian rock trio has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. They were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

He is survived by a wife, photographer Carrie Nuttall, and ten year old daughter Olivia. Peart’s 19 year old daughter Selena passed away in a single car accident in August 1997. His common-law wife of 23 years and Selena’s mother, Jackie, passed away less than a year later due to terminal cancer. Peart nearly retired from music due to the devastation, but decided to embark on a solitary motorcycle trip across the United States. He remarried in 2000 and Rush continued in 2001.

The shocking news was revealed on Friday with stars sharing their thoughts.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.