Famed Rush Drummer, Neil Peart, Has Died at 67

Rebekah Sager
January 10, 2020 - 1:38 pm

Famed Rush drummer Neil Peart has died at 67. 

The Hall of Fame drummer died Tuesday in Santa Monica, where he had lived for the past several years, a family spokesman confirms. Peart succumbed to brain cancer.

Famous for his massive drum kits, precision playing, and huge album sales.

"It is with great sadness we report Neil Peart passed away Jan. 7, 2020, in Santa Monica, California," his family said in a statement. "The world-renowned drummer and lyricists for Rush died of brain cancer that he suffered from for three and a half years."

He joined the Canadian band in 1974 alongside frontman and bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson. Rush played a final tour in 2015 at the Forum in Los Angeles.

Peart is survived by his wife, Carrie Nuttal, and daughter Olivia.

Funeral plans were pending, said family spokesman Elliot Mintz.