Neil Peart, the iconic drummer with the Canadian trio Rush, has died. He was 67 and had been diagnosed with brain cancer.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports that Peart passed away in Santa Monica, California on Tuesday with his death announced in a statement by family spokesperson Elliot Mintz.

Famed for his technical skills and songwriting, Peart played on all of Rush's albums bar the band's 1974 debut. Together with singer-bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson he created some of the most seminal albums in progressive rock including 2112 and Moving Pictures

In a statement on Friday, Lee and Lifeson paid tribute to their "friend, soul brother and bandmate over 45 years", describing him as "incredibly brave". 

"Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart's name," they requested. "Rest in peace, brother."

Peart was also an acclaimed author with books including his debut, The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa, and Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road. The latter chronicled his grief and recovery following the deaths of his daughter Selena and his wife Jacqueline within ten months of each other in the 1990s.

The Hamilton, Ontario native married photographer Carrie Nuttall in 2000 and returned to Rush the following year. In 2009, Peart and Nuttall celebrated the birth of their daughter, Olivia. 

Rush were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Peart announced his retirement in 2015.

Here are some of the many tributes to the music great: