Legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart dies at 67

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Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for Canadian rock band Rush, died Tuesday at age 67, according to a representative for Geddy Lee.

According to a statement issued by Peart's family's spokesman, Elliot Mintz, Peart had been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Our thoughts are with Neil's loved ones at this hard time.

Famed for his technical skills and songwriting, Peart played on all of Rush's albums bar the band's 1974 debut which featured John Rutsey behind the kit.

Rush has enjoyed considerable success in both the US and Canada. His talents in addition to the rest of the band would make Rush one of the top classic rock bands of that era. They'd been married for more than 20 years. Rush went on to produce 10 platinum albums in the United States from 1975 through 1981. In August 1997, his first daughter (and only child at the time), Selena Taylor, was killed in a vehicle accident at age 19.

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Held in incredibly high regard by musicians around the world, Peart helped define the immensely successful and influential Rush with his thunderous drumming and eloquent, sophisticated lyrics.

Neil Peart has sadly died.

He is survived by his wife, Carrie Nuttal, and daughter Olivia.

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