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GORD DOWNIE DEAD AT 53

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.

The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has died, aged 53.

The Canadian rocker, who announced he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer last year, passed away on Tuesday, according to a statement released by his family on Wednesday.

“Last night Gord quietly passed away with this beloved children and family close by,” the note, which was posted on the band’s Twitter page, reads. “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.”

In their statement, family members also thanked the medics who cared for Downie, his bandmates, and the group’s management and fans.

Downie formed the rock group with guitarist Rob Baker in 1984 and they went on to have nine number one albums in their native Canada.

Over the course of their career, The Tragically Hip won an incredible 16 Juno Awards, and Downie received the Order of Canada in June, while his bandmates - Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair - will be invested at a later date.

After the singer announced his cancer diagnosis, the band embarked on a farewell tour which concluded last August (16) with an emotional three-hour concert in their native Kingston, Ontario.

The band’s most recent record, Man Machine Poem, was released in mid-2016. 

- WENN