Rush drummer Neil Peart dead at 67

Neil Peart of Rush performs on stage during the R40 LIVE Tour at Key Arena

Neil Peart of Rush performs on stage during the R40 LIVE Tour at Key Arena

Neil Peart, who is considered one of the best drummers in rock history, has died at the age of 67.

Meg Symsyk, a media spokesperson for the progressive rock trio also confirmed the news to CBC News.

A family statement says Peart died in Santa Monica, Calif., after battling brain cancer for more than three years.

Among the most admired drummers in rock music, Peart was famous for his massive drum kits - more than 40 different drums were not out of the norm - precise playing style and onstage showmanship.

"It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the awful news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly fearless three and a half year battle with brain cancer", a statement from the band read.




They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Peart was born on September 12, 1952 in Ontario, Canada and went on to join Rush at the age of 22, making his debut with the band on their 1975 album Fly By Night.

Rush released 19 studio albums, selling over 40m units worldwide.

Peart had announced his retirement in 2015.

He's survived by his wife Carrie and daughter, Olivia Louise.

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