Recurrent event data with a terminal event commonly arise in longitudinal follow-up studies.
We use a weighted composite endpoint of all recurrent and terminal events to assess the overall effects of covariates on the two types of events. A semiparametric additive rates model is proposed to analyze the weighted composite event process and the dependence structure among recurrent and terminal events is left unspecified. An estimating equation approach is developed for inference, and the asymptotic properties of the resulting estimators are established. The finite-sample behavior of the proposed estimators is evaluated through simulation studies, and an application to a bladder cancer study is illustrated.