Gord Downie, the frontman for the Tragically Hip and an ambassador for Canadian music, has died. He was 53.
The band posted a message to Twitter this morning, confirming that Downie had passed last night, Tuesday, October 17.
“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 band wrote in a statement.
According to the CBC, Downie suffered from “an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer called glioblastoma, which he discovered after a seizure in December 2015.”
Downie’s illness was made public last spring, and the Tragically Hip performed their final concert on August 20. It was broadcast by CBC nationally across Canada.