Over the weekend, a Tragically Hip fan posted an image on a Hip fan forum Facebook page of the annual Burning Man celebration in Black Rock Desert.
The photo shows the traditional effigy going up in flames to close out the event, and some Hip fans say they can see Downie amongst the smoke and fire.
“I can’t even believe this image from the man burn last night, just look at all the spirits in the flames!” Paula Kim Derring wrote. “I am in awe!”
Fans were quick to point out “I see Gord” in the ghostly image. The purported “figure” resembles the former singer wearing his iconic feather hats from The Tragically Hip’s final tour.
“I see him there…clear as day..be still my heart,” Jill Lutes commented.
Before the burn, Derring said on the fan forum that she attached a photo of Downie to the temple that was taken during the Edmonton stop on the Man Machine Poem tour.
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Downie passed away on Oct. 17, 2017 after a battle with brain cancer. The singer was 53.
Every year, nearly 70,000 people make the pilgrimage to Black Rock, which peaks with the traditional burning of a towering effigy.