The Life of Gord Downie


Hosted by John Moore, the special includes people like Eric Alper, Denise Donlan, Jeremy Taggart and is full of audio, music, clips from Gord’s brother, his godfather and many more.

Gord Downie, lead singer of Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, died Tuesday night after a battle with brain cancer. He was 53.

"Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by," read a statement from the Downie family.

"Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories, and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss... on the lips."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among those paying tribute to Downie. "There will never be another one like you, Gord," he tweeted. "Rest in peace my friend." Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne shared: “I think I speak for all people in Ontario in saying we are heartbroken. With Gord Downie's passing a piece of Canada has died.”

The acclaimed singer-songwriter revealed his terminal diagnosis of glioblastoma in May 2016 – a diagnosis that came five months after he suffered a seizure.

In the summer of 2016, The Tragically Hip – which also includes Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay – embarked on a cross-Canada tour “for Good, and for all of us.” Their last show with Downie was Aug. 20 in Kingston, Ont., where it all started.

“Thank you,” Downie told the crowd, “for keeping me pushing, and keeping me pushing."

Rest in Peace Gord Downie.