Rush News

Neil Peart dies of brain cancer

"Suddenly, you were gone
From all the lives you left your mark upon"
Never were those words more true than today, when we learned of the shocking passing of Neil Peart this past Tuesday, January 7th, after a three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastom).  Always fiercely private, he kept his illness a secret to all but a few.  In one of life's ultimate cruelties ("The Stars Look Down" indeed), Neil retired from drumming in 2015 only to be diagnosed with cancer a year later.  He leaves behind his wife Carrie and daughter Olivia.   Here's a collection of news items announcing his death and those that have come out to pay tribute to his loss.


  1. My dad died May of 1993. It was so devastating to me that by the time Rush released "Counterparts" in October of the same year, I was thinking about ending it all. Rush pretty much saved my life by giving me something to look forward to by putting out a new album. That was the one thing that got me through. Thank you so much for that Alex, Geddy and Neil. Thank you Neil for writing, "Nobody's Hero".

  2. So sad to hear this news,my wife and are have played rush all day, deepest sympathies to his family and alex and geddy, rip, modern day warrior,

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  4. Neil's words and music helped a geeky, outcast kid make it through life and as a geeky outcast adult.
    In my best days and worst days of my life, Rush's music rallied my spirit and soothed a damaged soul and id.
    Through it all, thank you for making the journey smoother reminding me the point of a journey is not to arrive.
    Rest easy New Guy and condolences to your friends and family.

    1. I don't think I could come up with anything better, more concise or as truthful (about my own life) as what you just said. Peart and Rush have had a much deeper impact on a lot of folks than they could ever realize.