Tragically Hip Tragedy

May 24, 2016 –  Canadians have been taking to social media today to comment and process news of Gord Downie’s terminal brain cancer. The lead singer of The Tragically Hip was diagnosed with glioblastoma in December. The 52-year-old icon underwent chemotherapy and surgery that successfully reduced the size of the tumour, but his doctor held a press conference at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital Tuesday to break the bad news to the masses: “It’s my difficult duty today to tell you Gord Downie’s tumour is incurable,” said neuro-oncologist Dr. James Perry. The band still intends to tour their new album, Man Machine Poem, this summer, with cities and dates to be announced later this week. “It feels like the right thing to do,” said the band on its website. The Ex-Press is as bewildered and bereft by the news as the thousands who tweeted their thoughts of courage and compassion, and send thanks for a sound and an approach to life that will always inspire.


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