The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Passes Away
GORD DOWNIE, the lead singer and lyricist for Canadian rock band THE TRAGICALLY HIP, has passed away after a battle with glioblastoma (brain cancer) at 53.
The band released a statement TODAY from DOWNIE’s family (10/18) reading, “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”
DOWNIE announced his illness in 2016 and embarked on a final tour, culminating in a final show at KINGSTON, ON on AUGUST 20, 2016 that was broadcast nationwide by the CBC. He co-founded the band with GORD SINCLAIR and ROB BAKER in 1984; the band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2005. He also recorded as a solo act, with a new double album, “Introduce Yerself,” produced by KEVIN DREW of BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, due to be released on OCTOBER 27th.