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Neil Peart, legendary Rush drummer and lyricist, dead at 67

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Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of the iconic Canadian prog-rock band Rush, has died at the age of 67, CBC News reports (opens in new tab)

According to a statement issued (opens in new tab) by Peart's family's spokesman, Elliot Mintz, Peart had been diagnosed with brain cancer. His death was confirmed (opens in new tab) by Meg Symsyk, Rush's media spokesperson. 

Held in incredibly high regard by musicians around the world, Peart helped define the immensely successful and influential Rush with his thunderous drumming and eloquent, sophisticated lyrics. 

In a statement released this afternoon, Peart's Rush bandmates - Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson - called (opens in new tab) Peart their “friend, soul brother and bandmate over 45 years,” and said he had been “incredibly brave” in his battle with cancer. 

“We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name. Rest in peace, brother.”

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.