The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

Lead singer of Canada's Tragically Hip Gordon Downie performs during Woodstock'99 Saturday

The statement was released via the band's official Twitter account and posted on its website.

"Last night, Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by", they wrote, adding that he "knew this day was coming - his response was to spend the precious time as he always had - making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a live well-lived, often sealing it with a kiss. on the lips".

The singer announced past year he had been diagnosed in December 2015 with terminal brain cancer.

The death of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has led to a collective sadness across the nation, including here in London.

"I thought I was going to make it through but I'm not. Love you forever Gord", concluded the Downie family's statement.

But he loved music and songwriting even more.

Trudeau also said in a written statement that "Downie uncovered and told the stories of Canada".

While Canadian musicians Drake, the Weeknd and Justin Bieber have made waves internationally, The Tragically Hip built a huge following of die-hard homegrown fans.

The broadcast also includes backstage conversations and portions of the animated "Secret Path" film, which accompanied Downie's solo album.

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And as much as Canada loved Downie, he loved it back. Downie was a well known advocate of Indigenous rights and reconciliation.

The words Justin Trudeau delivered in his speech on the death of Gord Downie left the Prime Minister in tears this morning on Parliament Hill. "He was the frontman of one of Canada's most iconic bands, a rock star, artist, and poet whose evocative lyrics came to define a country".

Locker rooms around the National Hockey League played Tragically Hip music, and many players commented on the loss.

"Gord's command of language was profound".

Although they never reached the same level of fame in the US or elsewhere, the musicians were repeatedly honoured at home with 16 Juno Awards, a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame and a dedicated postage stamp with their image on it.

Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip perform to a crowd of over 9,900 fans at Budweiser Gardens August 8, 2016.

Tributes poured in, including from actors Seth Rogan and Ryan Reynolds.

"His music is an essential part of the soundtrack of Canada", Toronto mayor John Tory said.

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