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Canadian Prime Minister Pays Tearful Tribute to Tragically Hip Singer

Canadian Prime Minister Pays Tearful Tribute to Tragically Hip Singer

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Canadian Prime Minister Pays Tearful Tribute to Tragically Hip Singer

Gord Downie, lead singer of the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, died Tuesday night at the age of 53, following a battle with brain cancer. While the group’s impact in the rest of the world was not enormous, they’re a Canadian institution, roughly on a par with Bruce Springsteen in New Jersey or Billy Joel in Long Island.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 45, is a longtime fan of the band and has frequently praised them over the years, and Downie, in particular, for his philanthropic work. On Wednesday morning, he gave a televised, tearful speech about Downie’s death in which he described the singer as “a rock star, artist, and poet whose evocative lyrics came to define a country.”

He noted that he found “inspiration and strength” from the singer’s charity and social work.

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I am a brazilian journalist, a classic rock and heavy metal lover. Music has always been part of my life, helped me through tough moments and was with me to celebrate the good ones. When i became a journalist i knew i wanted to write about my passions. After college I did a postgraduate degree in digital communication. This has helped me to make the website better and bring the best of classic rock to the world! MTB: 0021377/MG

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