After being diagnosed with glioblastoma, a terminal brain cancer in December 2015, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie passed away Tuesday.
Downie announced in the spring of 2016 that he had undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The Hip already had a tour planned, and Downie planned to go through with it. Downie’s final performance was in August 2016 in the band’s hometown of Kingston, Ontario.
While the Hip was important to Canada being labeled as “Canada’s band,” they also held a very special place in Braden Holtby’s heart.