Very sad news coming out of Toronto: Gord Downie, the leader of the Tragically Hip, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
On Tuesday (May 24), the band shared a statement detailing Downie’s struggle, and confirming that the group will tour and release a new album this summer. Tour dates have yet to be announced.
Read the full statement below:
"Hello friends. We have some very tough news to share with you today, and we wish it wasn’t so.
A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
Since then, obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we've been standing by him.
So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…We’ve decided to do another one.
This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.
What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it’s magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans.
So, we’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.
We hope you can come out and join us this summer - details and dates will be coming this week.
And we sincerely thank all of you, for your continued love and support,
Paul, GordD, Johnny, Rob, GordS"
The Tragically Hip’s 14th studio album, Man Machine Poem, will be released on June 17. The band will not be taking any further questions or releasing any additional statements regarding Downie’s health.