Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie passes away

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Gord Downie, the frontman for the legendary Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, has lost his battle with brain cancer. Downie passed away Tuesday night at 53 years old, his family announced in a statement posted online Wednesday morning:

Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by. Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips.

Gord said he had lived many lives. As a musician, he lived “the life” for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband, and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one.

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We would like to thank all the kind folks at KGH and Sunnybrook, Gord’s bandmates, management team, friends, and fans. Thank you for all the help and support over the past two years.

Thank you everyone for all the respect, admiration and love you have given Gord throughout the years – those tender offerings touched his heart and he takes them with him now as he walks among the stars.

Love you forever Gord.

The Downie Family

Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December of 2015 and held off announcing the news until May of 2016. Downie and the band carried on in the months to come, releasing their thirteenth full-length album Man Machine Poem and continuing to tour into the summer. Downie released his fifth solo album, Secret Path, last October.

Formed in 1984, The Tragically Hip had nine number one albums in Canada, and each one of their studio releases has gone platinum. Downie recently announced a sixth solo album, the 23-song Introduce Yerself, which is scheduled for release on October 27.

Photo credit: By Sarah Naegels from Ottawa, Canada (Flickr.com – image description page) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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