Gord Downie, singer of Tragically Hip, dies aged 53

Gord Downie, the singer of Canadian rock band Tragically Hip, has died following a battle with cancer aged 53.

The singer, highly celebrated in Canada, was battling glioblastoma, an incurable form of brain cancer which was discovered after he suffered a seizure in December 2015.

He died surrounded by his friends and family, they revealed in an official 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,” the statement read.

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