founder John Rutsey has succumbed to a lengthy diabetes-related illness and died at his home. He was 55.
The Canadian rocker played drums for the trio until 1974, and quit the band after the release of their self-titled debut album
Rutsey founded the group with guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist Geddy Lee in 1968. He was replaced by Neil Peart
after exiting the group in 1974 due to illness.
Rutsey's family has confirmed he died last Sunday.
A statement from Lee & Lifson, on the band's website
, reads, "Our memories of the early years of Rush when John was in the band are very fond to us. Those years spent in our teens dreaming of one day doing what we continue to do decades later are special. Although our paths diverged many years ago, we smile today, thinking back on those exciting times and remembering John's wonderful sense of humour and impeccable timing. He will be deeply missed by all he touched."
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