To say that a legend was lost today would be a massive understatement as the entire music world is mourning the passing of The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie.

Earlier this morning, The Tragically Hip revealed that Gord had lost his battle with cancer.



As expected, the reaction has been swift, and powerful with everyone from celebrities, to politicians to fellow musicians expressing their sadness at the loss of Gord.









Fans have also taken to social media to express their feelings…



Gord’s family released the following statement:


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


The next few days and months will be a tough one for many Canadians. Share with us your favourite Gord memory below.

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