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Drake Mourns Death of Tragically Hip Singer Gord Downie

Drake Mourns Death of Tragically Hip Singer Gord Downie”

A statement on the band's website said he died Tuesday night "with his beloved children and family close by".

Our friends at JACK 96.9 have created an online petition, pushing for a national day to recognize the contributions the Tragically Hip lead singer made on behalf of the country.

Drake pays tribute to another fellow Canadian musician, Gordon Downie, after The Tragically Hip singer passed away after battling brain cancer at the age of 53. "Ahead by a Century" and "Bobcaygeon" are two of their better known songs.

The chorus of Canadian luminaries sharing their sympathies over Downie's death goes really helps put in perspective the massive impact his life and music left on his home country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took time to remember the artist.

'We are less as a country without Gord Downie in it, ' Trudeau concluded tearfully, 'And we all knew it was coming, but we hoped it wasn't. And that I was going to make it through this, but I'm not. One of them was Drake, who used an Instagram post to mourn the rock star. He loved every hidden corner, every story, every aspect of this country that he celebrated his whole life.

Gord discovered he had an aggressive form of brain cancer after a seizure in December 2015. Gord was my friend.

Separately, on Sunday, Oct. 22, the CBC will air Gord Downie's Secret Path in Concert, which was filmed at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall last October.

Feist has shared her own rendition of Downie's "The Stranger", the opening track from his 2016 solo album Secret Path.



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