In Memoriam 2017: People We Lost This Year

We bid farewell to visionaries, iconoclasts and trailblazers – including Tom Petty, Chuck Berry and Chris Cornell – in music, film, TV and beyond

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Gord Downie
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Gord Downie

Gord Downie, the lead singer of beloved Canadian alt-rock band Tragically Hip, died on October 17th following a battle with terminal brain cancer. He was 53.

"Gord Downie is definitely in the tradition of great Canadian poets," former MCA president Bruce Dickinson told the National Post in 2016. "There can be a certain darkness in the lyrics, in some ways that reminded me of reading and listening to Leonard Cohen or Robertson Davies. I think that's all part of what appeals to Canadian fans. They're five Canadian guys who go up on stage and they look like their audience. I think that everyman quality matters."

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