Peart died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, after battling brain cancer for years.
Rush confirmed Peart's death on Twitter Friday, saying their "friend, soul brother and band mate" had been fighting glioblastoma for three and a half years and suggested anyone wanting to express their condolences make a donation to a cancer research group or charity in Peart's name.
Peart, who joined Rush in 1974, was best known for his insane drum chops and poetic lyrical contributions to the band. Alongside bassist-vocalist-keyboardist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson, Rush sold millions of records and developed a rabid fan base. It continued to be a major concert draw until Peart's retirement in 2015.
Neil Peart September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020 pic.twitter.com/NivX2RhiB8— Rush (@rushtheband) January 10, 2020
He is survived by his wife Carrie and daughter Olivia Louise.
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