Tragically Hip's official statement about Gord Downie's cancer diagnosis

Gord Downie, lead singer of the Tragically Hip, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the band announced this morning. Read the full statement from the band here.

'He's endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard,' says statement from band

A statement posted this morning on The Tragically Hip's website says singer Gord Downie was diagnosed a few months ago with terminal brain cancer.

Below is the statement posted this morning on, the Tragically Hip's official website, regarding singer Gord Downie's cancer diagnosis:

Hello friends.

We have some very tough news to share with you today, and we wish it wasn't so.

A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Since then, obviously, he's endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we've been standing by him.

So after 30-some years together as the Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…

We've decided to do another one.

This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.

What we in the Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it's magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans.

So, we're going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.

We hope you can come out and join us this summer – details and dates will be coming this week.

And we sincerely thank all of you, for your continued love and support,

Paul, GordD, Johnny, Rob, GordS.

The Tragically Hip have won 14 Junos during their career. (Canadian Press)