Watch: An Emotional Justin Trudeau Pays Tribute To Gord Downie

The Tragically Hip play during a stop at the Orpheum in Vancouver, June 22nd, 2009, on their tour supporting their new album "We are the same." (Scott Alexander/
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Canadian music icon and The Tragically Hip frontman, Gord Downie, has passed away.

The singer had been suffering from a rare, terminal form of brain cancer.

The news was confirmed by a statement put out by the band on their website. The site crashed within minutes of the posting.

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Gord was a vocal advocate for Indigenous rights, leaving The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund as his legacy.

Gord Downie was appointed a member of the Order of Canada “in recognition of outstanding Indigenous leadership.”

Rest in Peace; in Gord we trust.

An emotional Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the country earlier this morning. Video credit to CBC News.

Listen to Vista Radio’s Tribute To Gord Downie here:

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