Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie dead at 53

BREAKING: Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has died

A tearful Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Gord Downie, the iconic lead singer of the Tragically Hip who died Tuesday, will be sorely missed.

Downie, the lyricist of the Canadian rock band, was dubbed the country's "unofficial poet laureate" by the CBC.

On Downie's songwriting, Rutledge says: "There's this absolute genius, this total brilliance and seriousness at the core of it, but there's always this sense of wry humour and sometimes it's over overt, but often it's subtle".

Last year Downie said he was suffering from an incurable and aggressive strain of brain cancer.

The Tragically Hip revealed the news of Gord's diagnosis on May 24, 2016; when the band announced a 15-show tour along with the sad prognosis for their frontman.

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Hundreds of public screenings were also held to watch the broadcast.

"Gord said he had lived many lives", the statement said.

Known for his distinctive voice and poetic lyrics, Downie has been a fixture on the Canadian music scene since "The Hip", as his band is lovingly called by their fans, formed while they were in high school in 1984 in Kingston, Ont. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord.

They picked up their last two in April for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year for Man Machine Poem. The concert was broadcast live by the CBC and streamed to a worldwide audience.

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