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Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie died Tuesday evening. He was 53. SaltWire Network file photo
Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie died Tuesday evening. He was 53. SaltWire Network file photo

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has died.

He was 53.

Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in May 2016.

A statement has been released attributed to the Downie family.

It says Downie passed away with his 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,” it reads.

The Tragically Hip gave their final performance in Kingston, Ont. in August 2016.

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