Tragically Hip Lead Singer Gord Downie Diagnosed With Terminal Brain Cancer, Band Announces Upcoming Tour

by Raphael Chestang 6:35 PM PDT, May 24, 2016
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Gord Downie, lead singer for The Tragically Hip, has terminal brain cancer.

The 52-year-old frontman was diagnosed with the disease in December, according to an announcement on the Canadian rock band's website.

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"He's endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard," the band said in a statement. "In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we've been standing by him."

The band went on to confirm that they will continue to perform as a group through Downie's illness.

"After 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows and hundreds of tours ... we've decided to do another one," they announced. "This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us."

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Dates for the tour are expected to be announced within the week.

Despite never achieving mainstream success in the U.S., The Tragically Hip have had many hits in Canada with nine of their albums reaching No. 1.