Rush Founder Dies - 08 Rewind

Rush Founder Dies was a top story for May. Enjoy our 2008 news rewind as you read the story again:(antiMusic) John Rutsey, a founding member of Rush passed away on Sunday, according to a report by Q107 Classic Rock, who cites Rush's management company as the source of the news. He was 55. At press time an official cause of death had not been disclosed but Rutsey did have diabetes. [It was later learned that he died from a heart attack. read story - Rush also later issued a statement. read that]

Here is what Wikipedia has on John Rutsey: a former drummer, most recognized for being a co-founding member of Rush along with Alex Lifeson and Jeff Jones (who was shortly replaced by Geddy Lee). He was the band's drummer from summer 1968 to July 1974. Rutsey played on the "Not Fade Away"/"You Can't Fight It" single and the eponymous debut LP, after which he quit the band, citing creative differences and health concerns related to his diabetes that may have posed potential problems with extended tours.

Rush's self-titled debut album was released in March 1974, and Rutsey left soon after in July 1974. Neil Peart joined that same month, and played his first show on August 14, 1974. In a 1989 Rockline interview, Lifeson remarked, "John's still around. I see John quite often. He gave up playing shortly after he left the band and went into bodybuilding. - more on this story

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