Neil Peart, Canadian rock icon from Rush, dies at 67

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Rush drummer Neil Peart has died at the age of 67, according to reports in CBC News and Rolling Stone.

The Canadian musician had been diagnosed with brain cancer three years ago and died on 7 January in Santa Monica, California.

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Peart is best known for being the drummer and primary lyricist for Rush, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 and celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2015 with a special tour. "The Professor" joined bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson in Rush after its first album, and the band would go one to sell millins of records worldwide.

Tragic news for rock fans today, Neil Peart, the legendary drummer of Rush passed away earlier this week. Peart had been battling the disease for three years. They are ranked third, behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, for most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band. "Neil was one of the great drummers and he'll be missed".

He's survived by his wife Carrie and daughter, Olivia Louise.

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