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Gord Downie, Singer For The Tragically Hip, Dead At 53

October 18, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Gord Downie

TMZ reports that Gord Downie, singer and frontman for The Tragically Hip, passed away last night at the age of 53 after a battle with brain cancer. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma, which is incurable, after he had a seizure in December 2015. Downie and the rest of the band announced a final tour of fifteen dates the next summer and played their last show in Kingston, Ontario on August 20, 2016.

The band made fourteen albums overall, with over half going to #1. Downie kept releasing solo albums up to his death. His last album, a 23-song double album called Introduce Yourself, will be out this month.

The band said in a statement: “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.