Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has paid tribute to Neil Peart, who died on Tuesday (January 7) in Santa Monica, California after a three-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
The iconic RUSH drummer was 67 years old.
On Saturday (January), Ace took to his social media to write:
“Neil will be greatly missed as a precise & innovative drummer! He was also a good friend, and when we toured together in the ’70s, we spent many an evening laughing and exchanging jokes & road stories till the sun came up! My condolences and prayers go out to his family and Alex & Geddy!”
A day earlier, Frehley‘s former bandmates Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons took to Twitter to express their condolences.
“Absolutely Horrible News. Neal Peart [sic] has died after fighting brain cancer for years. His later life was filled with so much family tragedy. So, so sad. I’m just shocked.”
Simmons offered “prayers and condolences to the Peart family, fans and friends,” adding “Neil was a kind soul.”