Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of Rush, has died at 67

Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of Rush, has died at 67

Legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart has died at the age of 67 on January 7 after battling brain cancer. He was 67 and had been diagnosed with brain cancer. It was a battle he was fighting for three years, a spokesperson for the family told Rolling Stone. Heavy metal, and specifically progressive metal was heavily influenced by Peart's playing.

Peart founded Rush with singer-bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson in 1974, and was known for his unique style of drumming which blended jazz and hard rock. It chronicled his grief and recovery following the death of his daughter Selena and his partner of 23 years Jacqueline Taylor within ten months of each other in the 1990s.

He was also the youngest person inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame back in 1983.

Peart first picked up drummer at 13 years old.

Neil announced his retirement from the band in 2015 - he'd been battling chronic pain, like tendonitis.

In an interview in 2015, Peart mentioned that his young daughter Olivia, who was born in 2009, "has been introducing me to new friends at school as 'My dad - he's a retired drummer.' True to say - amusing to hear".

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