Rush Remember Neil Peart Following Drummer's Death

Neil Peart of Rush performs on stage during the R40 LIVE Tour at Key Arena

Neil Peart of Rush performs on stage during the R40 LIVE Tour at Key Arena

Peart was seen as one of the industry's most technically proficient rock drummers.

Neil Peart, the iconic drummer with the Canadian trio Rush, has died. The cause was brain cancer, which he had been quietly battling for three years, according to Elliott Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family. Peart had been battling the disease for three years. Over the course of Rush's career, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band released 24 gold records and 14 platinum or multi-platinum records, and sold about 40 million albums worldwide. The former Police drummer Stewart Copeland called him "the most air-drummed-to drummer of all time".

For first six years of RUSH's existence, John Rutsey was behind the kit and he played on the band's self-titled debut LP.

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Neil Peart of Rush performs during the final show of the R40 Tour at The Forum on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Los Angeles.

"He was one of the goofiest-looking guys I'd ever seen ..." He also wrote several books about his life and travels.

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"The highest possible compliment is if someone that you admire respects your work", Peart said in 2017.

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