Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Neil Peart had been battling brain cancer for three-and-a-half years, his band mates said Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for Canadian rock band Rush, has died aged 67 after suffering from brain cancer.The musician, considered one of rock’s greatest ever drummers, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, California.Rush, the…

Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for rock band Rush

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Neil Peart had been fighting brain cancer for three-and-a-half years, his band mates said

Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for Canadian rock band Escape, has died passe 67 after stricken by brain cancer.

The musician, belief about one amongst rock’s finest ever drummers, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, California.

Escape, the band he conducted with for 45 years, confirmed his death in a press start posted to Twitter.

The commentary said Peart, their “soul brother”, had been stricken by glioblastoma – a form of brain cancer – for three-and-a-half years.

“It is miles with broken hearts and the deepest disappointment that we must at all times share the hideous records that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his extremely daring three-and-a-half-one year wrestle with brain cancer,” the commentary says.

A spokesperson for the Peart family furthermore confirmed the drummer’s death to US song journal, Rolling Stone.

Positioned at quantity four in Rolling Stone’s list of all-time finest drummers, Peart changed into effectively-identified for his technical skillability and involving live performances.

He joined Escape in 1974, drawing influences from arduous rock, jazz and heavy metal in a occupation that spanned four a protracted time.

Peart retired from Escape in 2015 after the band’s closing tour, saying the time had come to bewitch himself “out of the game”.

The community, which furthermore featured singer-bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson, recorded hits alongside side The Spirit Of Radio and Tom Sawyer. The band changed into inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Peart is ranked at quantity four in Rolling Stone’s list of all-time finest drummers

Peart is reportedly survived by his wife, photographer Carrie Nuttall, and daughter Olivia.

Musicians appreciate paid tribute to Peart on Twitter. Amongst them changed into Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, who described Peart as a “kind soul”.

He added: “My prayers and condolences to the Peart family, followers and associates.”

Actor and Tenacious D musician Jack Black tweeted: “The grasp shall be missed – Neil Peart RIP.”

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