Gord Downie, the Tragically Hip frontman who inspired a nation has died. He was 53.
Downie died Tuesday night “with his beloved children and family close by,” the band said in a statement on its website and social media channels Wednesday morning.
In May of 2016, Downie revealed he was diagnosed with glioblastoma – an incurable form of cancer,
Here is the full statement released by Gord Downie’s family following the singer’s death Tuesday:
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.
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
— The Tragically Hip (@thehipdotcom) October 18, 2017