• Born date: 1953-05-14
  • Born in: Ontario
  • Death date: 2008-05-11
  • Death in: Ontario
John Rutsey

John Howard Rutsey (July 23, 1952 – May 11, 2008) was a Canadian drummer, most recognized for being a co-founding member of Rush along with Alex Lifeson and Jeff Jones, and performing on the band's debut album. John Rutsey left the band in 1974, due to musical differences and health problems with diabetes, and was replaced by Neil Peart. Rutsey's diabetes was believed to be a complicating factor in his death from a heart attack in 2008.