Rolling Stone is reporting Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for rock band Rush, has died at age 67. The news was initially confirmed to Rolling Stone by Elliott Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family.
Our thoughts are with Neil's loved ones at this hard time. "Rest in peace, brother".
Rush has enjoyed considerable success in both the USA and Canada. The group was most popular during the 1980s, when it released eight consecutive albums that reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200, from 1980's Permanent Waves through 1989's Presto and including the 1981 double live set Exit ... "The Professor" joined bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson in Rush after its first album, and the band would go one to sell millins of records worldwide.
The surviving members of legendary progressive rockers Rush have posted a statement regarding the recent passing of Neil Peart. Peart was also a pioneer in the use of electronic drums, starting with 1984's Grace Under Pressure. In August 1997, his first daughter (and only child at the time), Selena Taylor, was killed in a vehicle accident at age 19.
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Neil Peart has sadly died. He later remarried in 2000.
Peart leaves behind his wife, Carrie Nuttall, and daughter Olivia.
The Canadian band played a final tour in 2015 culminating in a final show at the Forum in Los Angeles.