Published: Sat, January 11, 2020
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Neil Peart, Canadian rock icon from Rush, dies at 67

Neil Peart, Canadian rock icon from Rush, dies at 67

Rolling Stone is reporting that famed Rush drummer Neil Peart has passed away following a silent battle with brain cancer. He died on January 7th in Santa Monica, CA after battling brain cancer.

"We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family's need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and hard time. Rest in peace, brother".

Rush completed their final tour in 2015. They haven't performed as RUSH without Peart since he joined the band in 1974.

Rush released 19 studio albums, selling over 40m units worldwide. Peart previousy said that playing concerts at his age caused too much painful wear and tear on his body and he'd rather call it quits before the performances start declining in quality.

Up until the end, he never stopped fighting for the principals of rock n' roll. Just five months later, his common-law wife of 23 years, Jacqueline Taylor, was diagnosed with terminal cancer; she succumbed in June 1998. He later remarried in 2000.

In an interview in 2015, Peart mentioned that his young daughter Olivia, who was born in 2009, "has been introducing me to new friends at school as 'My dad - he's a retired drummer.' True to say - amusing to hear".

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