UPDATE: This sad family tragedy occurred in October. Please continue to keep the family in your prayers.
The famous rock band Tragically Hip revealed some sad news. They announced that their frontman, Gord Downie, had passed away.
Downie was only 53-years-old at the time of his death and he had been battling with brain cancer since the band’s final concert in 2016. The band released the news by sharing a heartbreaking statement that the family had written.
“Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by. 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.”
“Gord said he had lived many lives. As a musician, he lived ‘the life’ for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one.”
“We would like to thank all the kind folks at KGH and Sunnybrook, Gord’s bandmates, management team, friends and fans. Thank you for all the help and support over the past two years.”
“Thank you everyone for all the respect, admiration and love you have given Gord throughout the years- those tender offerings touched his heart and he takes them with him now as he walks among the stars.”
“Love you forever Gord. The Downie family.”
Downie’s diagnosis came in the spring of 2016 and the band decided to do a farewell concert at that time. The tour was also timed with the release of their 14th album, “Man Machine Poem.” While the band’s primary audience was in Canada, fans all around the world were devastated by the news.
Downie was known for putting passion into anything he was involved with. Because of the passion he put toward singing and songwriting, he became extremely revered in the industry, releasing several hit songs especially throughout the 1990s.
Beyond that, Downie was an advocate for clean water and other various issues and would often serve on boards of charities and attend fundraisers to raise awareness and support.
Please be praying for the rest of Tragically Hip, as well as Downie’s family during this extremely difficult time. Please share your prayers with us to let us know you’re praying. In other recent news, a social media star just died this week from cancer as well, at the young age of 24. Please keep her family in your thoughts as well.