Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie dead at 53

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has died, the band said on its website Wednesday. He was 53.

“Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by,” said the statement posted on

“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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