Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer

The Tragically Hip says lead singer Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

The Canadian band made the announcement on its website and Facebook page Tuesday.

A message posted on the sites says Downie was diagnosed with the condition in December. It says “he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and has been fighting hard.”

The band says in the note that it plans to tour this summer, because it “feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.” The message says dates and details for the tour will be coming this week.

Photo: Aaron Harris/The Canadian Press via AP, file
Performing with Neil Young at the Canadian Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario.

The Tragically Hip formed in 1984 and has garnered more than a dozen Juno awards in Canada.