We’ve just heard that singer Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip was brave enough to come out and announced his terminal health condition.
The press conference took place earlier today (11am) at Vaughan Estate, where Sunnybrook’s Dr. James Perry, neuro-oncologist treating Downie, was available to discuss the condition and his care team’s approach to treating the terminal brain cancer.
The band’s statement:
Hello friends. We have some very tough news to share with you today, and we wish it wasn’t so.The Tragically Hip’s 14th studio album, Man Machine Poem, will be released June 17. There will be one last tour with Gord Downie.
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