Peart died Tuesday, January 7th, in California from brain cancer according to Elliott Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family. A representative for the band confirmed the news to Rolling Stone.
The drummer, who was also the main lyricist for Rush, has been widely regarded as one of the best drummers who ever lived. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983.
Peart had announced his retirement in 2015.
Canadian rock drummer Neil Peart dead at 67. Peart, primary lyricist for Rush, was known for his technical proficiency, and for weaving jazz and big band patterns with a hard rock style. Publicist says Peart died in California January 7. Background: https://t.co/r0QKiYdpdu
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— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) January 10, 2020