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Neil Peart, drummer for influential rockers Rush, dead at 67

This Aug. 1, 2015 file photo shows Neil Peart of Rush performing during the final show of the R40 Tour in Los Angeles. Peart, the renowned drummer and lyricist from the band Rush, has died. His rep Elliot Mintz said in a statement Friday that he died at his home Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67. Photo: Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP
This Aug. 1, 2015 file photo shows Neil Peart of Rush performing during the final show of the R40 Tour in Los Angeles. Peart, the renowned drummer and lyricist from the band Rush, has died. His rep Elliot Mintz said in a statement Friday that he died at his home Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67.

Updated: January 10, 2020 04:39 PM

The renowned drummer from the influential rock trio Rush has died. Neil Peart was 67.

His representative says Peart died at his home Tuesday in Santa Monica. The band posted a message on Twitter saying he had been battling brain cancer and that their hearts were broken.

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Peart was revered for his drumming skills, but was also the band's key lyricist. Peart, alongside bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, were inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Their most known songs include “Tom Sawyer,” “The Big Money” and “The Spirit of Radio.”

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