Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for Rush, has died at 67 in Santa Monica, California.
Peart died on Tuesday after losing a three-and-a-half year battle with brain cancer.
“It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma),” the band said in a statement.
“We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time.
“Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name.
“Rest in peace brother.”
Peart joined Rush in 1974, which at the time was Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
First formed in 1968, and comprising the aforementioned trio since 1974, the band’s musical style has changed several times over the years; from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving into progressive rock, and including a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers.
In the early 1990s, Rush returned to a guitar-driven hard rock sound, which continued for the rest of their career.