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Neil Peart dead at 67

The rock legend and Rush songwriter is considered one of the best drummers ever.


Ramon Ramirez


Posted on Jan 10, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 6:08 pm CDT

Neil Peart, lyricist and drummer for Rush, is dead at 67, according to Rolling Stone.

The 67-year-old drummer reportedly battled brain cancer for three years, though the illness was kept quiet. According to reports, he died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, California. Rush, which Peart joined in 1974, stopped touring in 2015. Peart is survived by wife Carrie Nuttal and daughter Olivia.

The Hall of Fame drummer is considered to be one of rock’s most technical, masterful musicians, and his death immediately became the No. 1 Twitter trend in the United States on Friday as fans offered social media tributes. It also became the top search trend on Google News.

As rock critic Steven Hyden tweeted: “Deep, thoughtful, and sneaky hilarious dude. Great writer. Incredible drummer. 1/3 of one of the greatest hard rock bands ever.”

Reddit’s Rush fandom community, which boasts 20,227 members, was likewise in mourning and shock.

“Shocked, stunned, speechless, numb, disbelieving,…” redditor mcjimmybingo wrote.

“I just got the news from my dad that Neil Peart died. My dad is a drummer in a rush tribute band, which means he is extremely devastated. It sucks to know that another great musician passed away,” added redditor Sir-Joseph.

Even on the Daily Dot’s company Slack, rock fans were bummed as hell.

H/T Rolling Stone

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*First Published: Jan 10, 2020, 4:06 pm CST