The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie has passed away at just 53, his family have confirmed in a statement.
Downie revealed last year that he was battling terminal brain cancer.
"Gord knew this day was coming," reads the statement. "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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Canadian rock icon Downie released over a dozen studio albums with The Tragically Hip in more than three decades of activity. They've won numerous awards, including 16 Junos, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame, and in 2013 were featured on a commemorative stamp. As a solo artist Downie released a string of acclaimed records and prior to his passing was readying a new 23-track album, Introduce Yerself, which is scheduled for release on 27 October.
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