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This morning, October 18, 2017, iconic Canadian band The Tragically Hip tweeted that singer, songwriter, and poet Gord Downie passed away last night at the age of 53. In one of the first tweets about Gord Downie’s death, the band tweeted this message from the Downie family:

Gord Downie had been living with a diagnosis of glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer without a known cure. He shared his condition with the world in May 2016. He chose to spend his remaining time performing for his fans on a final sold-out tour, and raising awareness and funds for glioblastoma research.

A Flood of Tweets about Gord Downie’s Death

It seems that the whole world is suddenly in shock and mourning, starting with an outpouring of grief from Canadian fans and friends on social media. Here are a few of the initial tweets about Gord Downie’s death.

Mike Smith, a.k.a Bubbles from the TV show Trailer Park Boys, who also just lost colleague John Dunsworth (Mr. Lahey) two days ago, had this to say about Gord Downie’s passing:

Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto highlighted Downie’s role in raising awareness for glioblastoma, the brain cancer that likely had a role in his death:

Popular Canadian sports host Tim Micallef tweeted these sad but proud words:

Canadian television host and radio personality, Jeff Marek, tweeted this:

Actor Seth Rogen kept it simple:

Among multiple tweets of mourning, the Mayor of Toronto announced on Twitter that they would be honoring the Canadian music icon in a unique way:

Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, who knew Gord Downie personally, tweeted out his sorrowful words:

The NBA’s Toronto Raptors also expressed their sadness over the loss of the national treasure that is Gordon Downie:

Portrait of a Beloved Icon

These tweets about Gord Downie’s death are just the tip of the iceberg. The Tragically Hip singer/songwriter was much loved by the public and by his peers, in Canada and internationally, so we expect the outpouring of grief to grow.

RIP Gord Downie.