After a long battle with cancer, one of Canada’s most iconic figures has passed away.
Gord Downie was synonymous with Canada, and many fans saw him as a national treasure. Loved for his music, his personality, and his spirit, Vancouver fans are already showing how much the star meant to them.
— james siple (@worldsfriend) October 18, 2017
Awfully sad to hear about Gord Downie. I stayed up half the night jamming his lyrics into this story last summer: https://t.co/rKtaknIS1R
— Brent Richter (@BrentRichter) October 18, 2017
Today, Vancouver fans from all walks of life are paying their respects to the legendary front-man of The Tragically Hip through videos and posts over social media.
Gord Downie & the Tragically Hip really were the soundtrack of my youth & our country. I’ll never forget seeing them in Vancouver while @UBC
— David Khan 🇨🇦 (@Dave_Khan) October 18, 2017
Vancouver-born celebrities also payed their respects to the Canadian hero.
So long, Gord. Thank you. 🇨🇦 https://t.co/hFG1ujudez
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) October 18, 2017
RIP Gord Downie pic.twitter.com/QLMf14kyVO
— Official Seth Rogen (@SethRoganSpace) October 18, 2017
Gord Downie: Final Vancouver Show
In the video below Gord pays homage to the adoring Vancouver crowd at his final appearance in the city last year.
The superstar’s musical career spanned many decades, and fans posted images of him over the years electrifying crowds across the nation.
Gord Downie at Town Pump in Vancouver, summer 1988, the night I first saw the band live and became a huge fan. (Photo: Paul Clarke) pic.twitter.com/UYsxgF6IJk
— Tom Zillich (@TomZillich) October 18, 2017
@WEmovement also posted about Downie, citing that he was a major advocate for change in Canada as well as an inspiration to everyone. Over 18,000 youths will pay tribute to his legacy at Roger’s Arena today and the video will be streamed live on Facebook.
— Richard Johnson (@mrjohnson67) October 18, 2017
See some videos and photos from The Tragically Hip’s final show in Vancouver here.