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It’s a day that fans, friends and family members hoped wouldn’t come, but on Tuesday night, Canadian musician and poet Gord Downie passed away. He was 53.

Downie’s family released a statement on Gord’s death Wednesday morning, saying “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.”

Downie and his band The Tragically Hip announced in May 2016 that the front man had been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. The band then stunned and inspired fans by embarking on one final cross Canada tour in the summer of 2016, with Downie consistently delivering his trademark high energy performances despite his devastating diagnosis. (Long Time Running, a documentary filmed during the band’s final Man Machine Poem Tour, is set to air on Friday, October 20 at 8 p.m. ET.)

Formed in Kingston in 1983, The Tragically Hip released 14 albums, won 15 JUNO Awards, six Much Music Video Awards, and have been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. As a solo artist, Downie released five albums, with his sixth record Introduce Yerself set to be released later this month on October 27.

A prolific artist, Downie appeared in the Canadian films Men With Brooms, One Week and The Trailer Parks Boys movie. Downie was also well known for many philanthropic endeavors, lending his time and his platform to environmental charities and to decreasing the suffering of Canada’s indigenous people.

Today the country is in mourning, with fans and friends of the famous singer taking to social media to share their grief and their favourite stories of Downie and find some solace in the incredible discography Downie leaves behind.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commended Downie for enriching Canada’s identity and culture.

Toronto Mayor John Tory is having the Toronto sign dimmed in honour of Downie.

Trailer Park Boys writer and actor Mike Smith shared a shot from the set with Downie.

NHL great Doug Gilmour said he was heartbroken over the news of Downie’s death.

Vancouver native Seth Rogen kept his message of mourning short.

Fellow actor Ryan Reynolds thanked Downie for his contributions to art.

Sunnybrook Hospital, where Downie received treatment for his brain tumor, remembered their patient who used his final days to raise money for others dealing with the devastating diagnosis.

Canadian TV host Steven Ladurantaye shared a story about inadvertently meeting Downie, who treated everyone he met with compassion and respect.

Hamilton band Arkells, who toured with The Tragically Hip, thanked Downie for being an inspiration.

Musician Matthew Good paid his respects on behalf of himself and his band.

Canadian musician Bif Naked sent her blessings to the Downie family.

The Toronto Raptors honoured one of their most famous fans.

Toronto band Stars shared their love for Downie.

Canadian athlete Donovan Bailey called Downie an ‘inspiration.’

Comedian Gerry Dee thanked Gord for his courage and music.

TV personality Rick Mercer knows Downie’s death will be felt across Canada.

Rockers Nickelback called Downie a ‘fearless performer.’

The NHL said that Downie’s music will “echo through arenas forever.”

Canadian musician Randy Bachman called Downie an “amazing human being.”

Remembrances and honours will continue to pour in over the days to come, but Gord and his legacy will live on in our hearts far beyond that period of grieving.

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