Canadian musician Neil Peart is dead. He became known as the drummer and lyricist of the rock band Rush. The band announced in a statement on their Twitter account that the 67-year-old had passed away on January 7th. Peart has been suffering from a brain tumor for three and a half years, according to the message.
"With broken hearts and deep sadness, we have to share the terrible news that our friend, soul mate and bandmate has lost his fight against cancer for over 45 years," she said on Twitter.
The Canadian rock band Rush was founded in 1968, Peart replaced the founding member John Rutsey on drums in 1974. In 2015 he retired from the band after a tour. Peart was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, and the band received the same honor from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Rush released 19 studio albums and sold over 40 million units worldwide until the band finally disbanded in 2018.