Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of the progressive rock band Rush, has died, a family spokesman confirmed to CNN. He was 67.

Peart died in Santa Monica, California, on Tuesday after a battling brain cancer for several years, the spokesman, Elliot Mintz, told CNN.

He's survived by his wife Carrie and daughter, Olivia Louise.

Peart joined the Canadian band in 1974, and together Rush went on to sell millions of records and develop a massive, dedicated fan base.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Despite being a world-famous drummer, Peart told Rolling Stone that he still took drum lessons as recently as 2012.

A statement posted on the band's official Twitter page said: "It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and bandmate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer ..."

The statement went on to ask for privacy for Peart's family "from friends, fans, and media alike" and requested that mourners make a donation in Peart's name to a "cancer research group or charity of their choice."

"Rest in peace brother," the band's statement concluded.

Mintz said Peart, who had also penned a number of books, had battled the debilitating disease for three-and-a-half-years.

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Peart joined Rush in 1974 and helped shape its identity as a more aspirational and forward-thinking cohort of musicians. He was widely recognized for his penchant for turning incredibly difficult drum patterns into flawless works of visual art at every turn, and he was also the band's key lyricist.

Rush, made up of Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, is known for its songs like "Tom Sawyer,? ?The Big Money? and ?The Spirit of Radio.?

Peart's life was touched by tragedy when his first daughter, Selena Taylor, was killed in a Toronto car accident on Aug. 10, 1997, at the age of 19. Just ten months later, Peart's common-law wife, Jackie, succumbed to cancer.