There are drummers. There are iconic drummers. Then there’s Neil Peart. A man in a stratosphere all his own.
Neil Peart, the prodigiously talented drummer and eclectic primary lyricist for the Canadian rock band Rush, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, according to a family spokesman. He was 67.
The cause of death was brain cancer, which he had been battling quietly for three years, according to spokesman, Elliot Mintz.
Peart was considered one of the most gifted and electrifying drummers in rock music history, a virtuosic stylist and technical master who inspired a cult following with his dazzling fusions of hard rock and jazz. He was born on Sept. 12, 1952, and took up drumming as a teenager, while working the counter at his Dad’s tractor parts store. Then he joined Rush, and the legend was born. Peart is survived by his wife, Carrie, and their daughter, Olivia Louise Peart. Mintz, the family spokesman, said funeral plans were pending. RIP the almighty Neal Peart. You will be missed.
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