Drake Shares A Tribute To The Canadian Singer Gord Downie
"Rest In Peace to the legend."
Canada is mourning the loss of rock icon Gord Downie — the face and the voice of the Canadian in the hall of fame of the band the Tragically Hip. Downie died Wednesday (October 18) from an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.
Along with a host of others, including the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, Toronto-born rapper Drake shared a tribute to the rocker via his Instagram account.
"Rest In Peace legend ... you will always be appreciated by this country and lost for the world," he wrote in the photo caption. The image was taken during the May 5 Toronto Raptors playoff loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers when Downie approached Drizzy during half-time.
@ChampagnePapi inclined to Gord Downie as the two Canadian music legends share a moment in the rest. #NBA
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Public Enemy front-man Chuck D also paid respect to Downie on Twitter, which was received with the respect and admiration of many Canadian fans.
Rest in the Music, Gord Downie @thehipdotcom The Tragically Hip hails
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) October 18, 2017
One of hip hop large in order to recognize a true hero canadian Canadian salutes Chuck D! Rest In Peace Gord!
— William Reynolds (@Jeyrey2007) October 19, 2017
That the words have meaning, that means a lot to us Canadians! Our North Star has dimmed! Canada was Gord the muse of #RIPGordonDownie
— Coralie Waschkowski (@coraliew) October 19, 2017
Downie was diagnosed back in 2015 after suffering a seizure. The Tragically Hip, then embarked on a final tour, which ended with an epic sold-out final concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario.
"Gord knew that this day would come – his response was to spend a precious time as he had always done – make music, make memories, and expressing its deep gratitude to your family and friends for a life well-lived", said an official statement