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The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dies at age 53

The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dies at age 53

Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died, according to a statement on the band’s website.

He was 53.

In the wake of his diagnosis with glioblastoma — an incurable form of cancer — the musician became a symbol of perseverance in the face of his mortality.


He spent the last chapter of his life raising funds for brain cancer research and advocating for the rights of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.

One of the country’s most revered singer-songwriters, Downie penned a steady stream of 1990s rock radio staples including “New Orleans Is Sinking,” “Blow at High Dough,” “Courage,” “Ahead By a Century” and “Bobcaygeon”.

The country was shocked when Downie revealed his terminal cancer diagnosis in May 2016. The band’s subsequent tour sold out nearly immediately.

1 Comment on The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dies at age 53

  1. rene a considine // October 18, 2017 at 6:21 am // Reply

    words can’t express how sad I am, the magnitude of this loss to a nation, each individual that he touched with his words feels empty right now. Thank you for letting us share your journey Gord, you will be missed.

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