Cancer

Gord Downie, Tragically Hip frontman, dies of cancer aged 53

Gord Downie, frontman of Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, has died after a battle with brain cancer.

A message on Twitter attributed to the Downie family announced that the musician had “passed away with his beloved children and family close by”. The statement went on to say that “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”. Downie revealed that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in May 2016.

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October 18, 2017

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The Tragically Hip were founded in Kingston, Ontario, in 1984 and enjoyed huge success in Canada, including nine No 1 albums. In 2012, the city of Kingston renamed a street after the band. In 2013, the Tragically Hip…