Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie has died at 53

TORONTO Oct 18: Canadian rock band Tragically Hip’s frontman Gord Downie has died following a battle with brain cancer. He was 53.
The gifted lyricist – who was dubbed the country’s unofficial poet laureate – had been diagnosed with an incurable glioblastoma in May 2016.
His family said in a statement he passed away quietly surrounded by friends and relatives.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led the national mourning for the star with a tearful public statement.
“He loved every hidden corner, every story, every aspect of this country that he celebrated his whole life,” Mr Trudeau said, his voice breaking, on Wednesday.
“We are less as a country without Gord Downie in it. We all knew it was coming, but we hoped it was not.”
Despite his diagnosis, Downie continued to tour with Tragically Hip and produce music in the last years of his life.
The band said in a written statement: “Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this 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.”