Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist of the legendary Canadian prog-rock band Rush, has died at the age of 67, according to CBC News.
Beloved for his incredibly powerful percussive style and sophisticated lyricism, Peart was the anchor of Rush, an incredibly influential band in the development of progressive and hard rock.
In a statement, Peart's Rush bandmates - Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson - called Peart their “friend, soul brother and bandmate over 45 years,” and said he had been “incredibly brave” in his battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of 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 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. Rest in peace, brother.”