UPDATED: Neil Peart, Iconic Drummer of Rush, Dead of a Brain Tumor at 67

Neil Peart, arguably the best and most respected Rock drummer in the world with the band Rush, has died of a brain tumor. He was just 67. The shocking news was originally reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Company, the official news source of Canada. His death was confirmed by Meg Symsyk, a media spokesperson for the progressive rock trio comprising Peart, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson, and that he died earlier this week in California officially passed away near his adopted home of Santa Monica, California on January 7th. There was no news or indication that Peart, an intensely private person, was battling brain cancer, so this news is sending a shockwave through the music community. Peart was not only known as a virtuoso drummer and co-author of some of the greatest albums of all time with Rush, but he was also the bands’ primarily lyricist over most of his career with them, driving the concepts for their many layered releases. He was also a celebrated teacher, author, and all-around wonderful person. Peart’s survivors include his wife Carrie and daughter Olivia. Funeral plans are pending. We send light and love to Neal’s millions of fans the world over at this time. We will have more news on this story as it develops.