Read: statement from family of Gord Downie

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Gord Downie, the lead singer and lyricist of Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, succumbed to brain cancer on Tuesday night. He was 53 – Oct 18, 2017

Gord Downie, The Tragically Hip frontman, has passed away at the age of 53.

The Canadian singer had an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer called glioblastoma, which he discovered after a seizure in December 2015.

READ MORE: The brain cancer that took Gord Downie’s life

He died Tuesday night surrounded by his children and family, according to a statement on the band’s website.

Read the Downie family’s full statement below:

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.

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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

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