Gord Downie, the Tragically Hip frontman who felt like Canada’s frontman and poet, has died.
He was 53.
Downie had an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer called glioblastoma, which he discovered after a seizure in December 2015.
He died Tuesday night surrounded by his children and family, according to a statement on the band’s website.
“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,” the statement said.
We learned of Downie’s illness on May 24 last year — the same day the rest of the rock group, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay, announced that the Kingston, Ont.-based band would head out on a final summer tour “for Gord, and for all of us.”
Below are some of the memories and thoughts of Gord being shared across social media today.
“Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in.” - Gord Downie pic.twitter.com/q6RGyB78rM— LG 104.3 (@LG1043) October 18, 2017
RIP Gord Downie. pic.twitter.com/EdHM3l6FN2— Michael de Adder (@deAdder) October 18, 2017
There will never be another one like you, Gord. Rest in peace my friend.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 18, 2017
Sad to hear of Gord Downie's passing— Ron Sexsmith (@RonSexsmith) October 18, 2017
But inspiring to think of how he carried himself and of all he accomplished in his final year. LOVE RS
RIP Gord Downie. 🇨🇦— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) October 18, 2017