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Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has died at 53

The Tragically Hip tweeted out the sad news this morning that their frontman Gord Downie, 53, died Tuesday night with his children and family by his side.

The Canadian rocker was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December.

Here's a statement from The Tragically Hip's Twitter account:

In September, a mural at 1673 Hertel Ave. was created by Rory Allen to recognize Downie, a longtime favorite of Buffalo music fans, for living his life to the fullest despite the news of his brain cancer.

As Jeff Miers notes in that article, below, Downie was due to release a 23-track collaboration with Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew on Oct. 27.

Hertel Avenue mural features Gord Downie of Tragically Hip

The mural of Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip painted on the wall of Hertel Liquor Library building. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

When news broke that Downie had been diagnosed with brain cancer, Miers penned a plea for Downie to perform one more time in Buffalo, while also recounting several memorable Hip shows here.

In July, Miers broke down the Hip's release of "Man Machine Poem," which may have been colored by his cancer battle. Here's an excerpt from the article:

"We are offered the fractured, elegiac beauty of 'In A World Possessed by the Human Mind' and the disembodied languor of 'What Blue,' neither of which will satiate the desires of Hip fans hoping for a return to the gritty, four-on-the-floor guitar rock of 'Road Apples' or the Indie-as-Stadium-Rock of 'Fully Completely.'

"Yet what these songs gain by trading their straight rock sensibilities is a stirring, idiosyncratic brilliance that perfectly mirrors the disquiet in Downie’s lyrics and his always emotional, sometimes anguished singing. It’s a fair exchange."

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