The musician, considered one of the most important drummers of all time, died Tuesday, January 7, in Santa Monica, California.
Peart has played with Rush for over four decades. The group confirmed the death in a message posted on Twitter.
Neil Peart had been suffering from brain cancer for three and a half years.
“The friend, our soul brother and bandmate for 45 years, Neil, lost on Tuesday the incredible three and a half year battle with brain cancer.”
A spokesman for Peart’s family also confirmed the death of the musician for Rolling Stone magazine, which ranked fourth on the list of drummers of all time.
Neil Peart was known for his unique technique and style. He joined Rush in 1974 and retired in 2015 after the group’s last tour.
Rush, including soloist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson, is signing tracks like “The Spirit Of Radio” and “Tom Sawyer”.
The progressive rock band Rush was established in 1968 in Toronto, Canada. The band was successful in the formula of Geddy Lee (vocals, bass, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitar), Neil Peart (drums).
Rush received seven Grammy nominations and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2015, the band, which released 20 studio albums, announced that it was giving up world tournaments. In December 2016, Rush celebrated four decades since the release of the album “2112”, and a special edition, “2112- 40th”, was released in CD and DVD format. Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and producer Nick Raskulinecz, Alice in Chains, Billy Talent and Steven Wilson are featured on this record performing songs by the Canadian group.
Rush has been completely inactive since ending the “R40 Live” tournament in 2015. In the documentary “Time Stand Still” (2016) it was revealed that Neil Peart had serious physical problems during the tournament.
Neil Peart was married to photographer Carrie Nuttall and had a daughter, Olivia.