Hundreds of local Tragically Hip fans are sharing messages of sadness, thanks and condolence as news of Gord Downie's death broke Wednesday morning.

Kitchener mayor, Berry Vrbanovic, and Waterloo mayor, Dave Jaworski, took to social media to pay tribute to Downie. 

Encore Records in Kitchener is paying tribute to Downie by playing Tragically Hip albums in their store.

Lynn Jackson, who works at Encore told CBC News she was shocked when she heard that Downie passed away Wednesday morning. 

"I knew it was coming. I knew he was sick but it was still a shock and I immediately started to cry," she said, adding that the band was a big influence in her teen years.

"Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip, their quality of work over the years, especially when they started out, had a big impact on me."

The Almost Hip, a local Tragically Hip cover band shared Jackson's reaction.

"It was a big shock," said Craig Dougan, lead singer of The Almost Hip. "I was under the impression that he was doing much better than he was."

Fans, including Jackson and Dougan, said that it was the Hip's Canadian content that resonated most strongly.

"The music of The Tragically Hip is just pure Canadiana" Dougan said. "You just can't get any more Canadian than Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip."

Statement from family

A statement from Downie's family said he passed away Tuesday with his family close by.

"Gord knew this day was coming- his response was to spend this precious times as he always had- making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family anf friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss...on the lips," the statement read.

The statement continues by paying tributes to his life as a musician, father, husband and friend.

"As a musician he lived 'the life' for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home he worked just as tirelessly at being a goof father, son, brother, husband and friend."