Gord Downie, the frontman of the Canadian band Tragically Hip, has died after losing his battle with cancer. He was 53.
According to a post on the band’s official website, the singer breathed his last on Tuesday, reports variety.com.
The singer was suffering from glioblastoma, an incurable form of brain cancer which was discovered after he underwent a seizure in December 2015. He died surrounded by his children and family, according to the statement.
“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,” read the statement.
The group’s surviving members include Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay.
The last concert of the tour was broadcast nationally across Canada.
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, who also happens to be a longtime fan of the band, gave a heartfelt tribute to Downie.