The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie passes away at 53

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Gord Downie’s passing.

Gord and his music are a huge piece of the Canadian landscape having penned songs about various cultural matters as well as starting conversations about the North and the Indigenous population of Canada. He was an amazing artist and a strong individual as was exhibited in the style and grace he showed over the past year and half. Not only did he do a national tour after surgery and chemotherapy treatments, he recorded and released a solo album last year and was just about to release his next solo album. Prolific. His music will live on for generations.

The band released the official statement on their website (below).

"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"

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