Decibel is deeply saddened to report the death of Canadian rock icon Neil Peart. He retired from Rush (and drumming altogether) in 2015, citing mounting health issues for ending his 40-year performance career. His personal manager, Elliot Mintz and Meg Symsyk, Rush’s publicist, confirmed to multiple outlets that the legendary drummer died January 7 in Santa Monica, California as a direct result of brain cancer.
At 5:40pm EST, Rush released the following statement:
It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). 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.