Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has died

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has died

Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. Downie, an icon in his native Canada, passed away last night surrounded by those he loved.

His bandmates revealed he had spent his precious last few months - "making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived".

In May 2016, Downie revealed to the public that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

For more than 30 years, the singer-songwriter wrote countless hits such as, "Bobcaygeon", "Ahead By a Century", "Courage", and "New Orleans is Sinking". Instead of calling it quits, Gord and the rest of The Tragically Hip announced they'd be doing a final 15-date tour the following summer and played their final gig in Kingston, Ontario on August 20, 2016.


"At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend".

The band played their final show in August of previous year, an emotional scene that was also broadcast, where they were honored by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

They picked up their last two in April for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year for Man Machine Poem. The concert was broadcast live by the CBC and streamed to a worldwide audience. That didn't stop him from continuing to tour with the band, or releasing his Polaris Prize-winning album Secret Path. The Hip were also known for their emotional live performances which often featured stage banter from Downie that ranged from charming to harsh.

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