The music world has lost another talent: Front man for the Canadian band The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, has passed away at the age of 53.

In 2016 Gord was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Below is a statement from his family as posted on FACEBOOK

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 li...fe” 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

 

Although Gord has passed he leaves behind the memories and music. Appreciate the body of work and enjoy everyday to the fullest.

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