The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie shared tragic news with fans Wednesday: He has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
The band broke the bad news in a post on its website, revealing its 52-year-old leader learned of his disease in December.
“Since then, obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard,” the band’s statement said.
“In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we’ve been standing by him.”
This is where you reassess your priorities. The things people have to go through are pretty bad, on the whole, but to be given a diagnosis that is consistent with being terminal is an incredible blow for anyone at any stage of their life. It puts a lot of things into perspective and it should resonate with people who follow the Tragically Hip as being yet another sign that we're all getting older and we're all moving on.