Gord Downie, the frontman of beloved Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at 53.
According to a statement on the band’s Twitter page, Downie died Tuesday night surrounded by his children and family.
“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 said. “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.”
Doctors diagnosed Downie with an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer called glioblastoma in May 2016.
Downie recently announced a new double-album of 23 new songs titled Introduce Yerself, which he recorded swiftly over two four-day sessions in January 2016 and February 2017, with the final album often reflecting first takes.
Introduce Yerself, which is set for release on October 27th via Arts & Crafts, continued the collaborative relationship that last year brought the music of Downie’s historic Secret Path to life, with Kevin Drew producing the album and co-writing a number of the new songs.