Neil Peart, Rush Drummer and Lyricist, Dies at 67

The drummer had reportedly been battling brain cancer.
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Neil Peart performs with Rush on stage during the R40 LIVE Tour at KeyArena on July 19, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.

Neil Peart performs with Rush on stage during the R40 LIVE Tour at KeyArena on July 19, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.

Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist of the legendary Canadian prog-rock band Rush, has died at the age of 67, according to CBC News.

According to a statement issued by Peart family spokesman Elliot Mintz, Peart had been diagnosed with brain cancer. His death was confirmed by Meg Symsyk, Rush's media spokesperson. 

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.”

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