SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Neil Peart, the renowned drummer and lyricist from the influential Canadian band Rush, has died. He was 67.
His representative, Elliot Mintz, said in a statement Friday that Peart died at his home Tuesday in Santa Monica. The band posted a message on Twitter also confirming the news.
"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 over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer," the band wrote. "Rest in peace brother."
Peart was revered for his drumming skills, but was also the band's key songwriters, known for his fantastical lyrics. The respected musician placed fourth on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time, just behind Ginger Baker, Keith Moon and John Bonham.
Peart, alongside bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, were inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, and honored for combining "the signature traits of progressive rock with a proto typical heavy-metal sound." Their most known songs include "Tom Sawyer," "The Big Money" and "The Spirit of Radio."
"We've always said it's not something that meant a lot to us, but we knew our fans cared so much to be validated like that -- that their favorite band like their favorite sports team should be celebrated as champions," Peart told The Associated Press when Rush was inducted into the Rock Hall. "We always knew that was the case and certainly to see it blossom after this is a testament to the truth of that."
When Rush formed in 1968, its original lineup included Lifeson, bassist Jeff Jones and drummer John Rutsey.
After a few weeks, Lee replaced Jones, and in 1974 Peart replaced Rutsey weeks before Rush's first U.S. tour.