Fifty-two-year-old Downie was diagnosed in December, and has “…endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard.” There has been no timeline or specific details given for Downie’s condition.
The band says they still intend to go on one last tour this summer, saying they feel it is the right thing to do. The tour dates and locations have not yet been announced.
Downie is married with four children, and was a founding member of the band in 1984. They have released 12 albums, nine of them reaching number one in Canada. They have won 14 Juno Awards.
Here is the full statement from The Tragically Hip’s home page
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
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