Neil Peart, the legendary drummer of Rush, has died, Rolling Stone reports. He was 67.
The cause of death was brain cancer, which he had been battling for the past three-and-a-half years, according to a spokesperson. Peart passed on Tuesday January 7th in Santa Monica.
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.
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The Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer joined Rush in 1974 alongside frontman and bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson.
The Canadian band played a final tour in 2015 culminating in a final show at the Forum in Los Angeles.
Peart first picked up drummer at 13 years old.
‘I got a pair of sticks, a practice pad, and lessons,’ he said in 2012, adding that his parents told him, ‘”Once you show that you’re going to stick with it for a year, then we’ll get drums.”‘ Fair enough.’
Rock legend: He joined Rush in 1974 alongside frontman and bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson. Peart is pictured in 1976 above
Lifelong passion: Peart first picked up drummer at 13 years old. He’s seen in 2015 above
Often used as a punchline in movies and pop culture for their over-the-top prog-rock style, Rush was among the biggest bands of the last 50 years.
They sold millions of albums in a career that spanned 19 studio albums and multiple live collections as well as elaborate box sets.
According to the RIAA, Rush’s album sales statistics put them third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band.
Rush also ranks 79th in US album sales with 25 million units. Worldwide, the band has moved over 40 million units.
#RushForever: Actor/ Tenacious D rocker Jack Black took to Twitter to write: ‘The master will be missed – Neil Peart RIP #RushForever’
Already missed: Gossip Girl actress/ The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen also sent her condolences on social media
Famous fans poured in with tributes following news of Peart’s death.
Actor/ Tenacious D rocker Jack Black took to Twitter to write: ‘The master will be missed – Neil Peart RIP #RushForever.’
He paired his post with a touching vintage photo of the drum king.
Gossip Girl actress/ The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen also sent her condolences on social media.
‘Such a loss, one of my favorite musicians of all time. His influence and music will live on through anyone who picks up an instrument.’
Peart is survived by his wife, Carrie Nuttal, and daughter Olivia.