Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart died at 67 in California on Tuesday (Jan. 7) after losing a battle with brain cancer, as CBC News first reported Perat's publicist on Friday (Jan. 10). The band then confirmed the news social media.
Immediately, members of the music community took to social media after the news broke, sharing heartfelt messages about what the late rock icon meant to them.
“Rest in peace brother,” Rush tweeted from their official Twitter account. “The master will be missed,” Jack Black wrote.
See more reactions to Peart’s passing below.
Neil Peart September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020 pic.twitter.com/NivX2RhiB8— Rush (@rushtheband) January 10, 2020
Sad to hear of Neil Peart passing. RIP. pic.twitter.com/2iMWJq1uoo— Geezer Butler (@geezerbutler) January 10, 2020
Oh man... Neil Peart. Every drummer just ran to their kit to bust out Tom Sawyer. His dedication and RE-dedication to his craft is a lesson in always improving. Never be complacent. You can ALWAYS be better. R.I.P.— patrick wilson (@patrickwilson73) January 10, 2020
I just heard about Neil Peart passing. I feel real bad about this - he was way too young. Neil was one of the great drummers and he’ll be missed. Love & mercy to Neil’s family.— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) January 10, 2020
– Brian pic.twitter.com/T5qjECWX1W