Following news of Gord Downie's untimely passing on Oct 17, some of his biggest fans have taken to social media to pay their respects to the Canadian music icon. Leading the tributes was life-long Tragically Hip fan Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who broke down in tears while addressing the media in Ottawa. "It hurts," said the father of three, before reflecting on Gord's love for Canada and passion for advocacy.
As the nation mourns the tragic passing of a musical legend, celebrity fans and public figures share their fondest memories and moments.
So long, Gord. Thank you. https://t.co/hFG1ujudez
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) October 18, 2017
Canada's identity & culture are richer for Gord Downie's work.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 18, 2017
RIP Gord Downie. — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) October 18, 2017
Gord Downie. You helped us see who we have been & how much better we can be. We are indebted to you forever as a Nation. Rest in Peace.— Arlene Dickinson (@ArleneDickinson) October 18, 2017
Heartbroken today. Few Canadians touched this country like Gord Downie. Thank you for everything you gave us. My deepest condolences. pic.twitter.com/00DdU6IVZn
— Doug Gilmour (@DougGilmour93) October 18, 2017
R.I.P Gord Downie. Thanks for your courage and your music. You will never be forgotten. #GordDownie
— Gerry Dee (@gerrydee) October 18, 2017
Husband, father, poet, activist, icon & fearless performer, Gord Downie, has passed. Thank you for inspiring so many w/ a life well-lived. pic.twitter.com/y1NrHae1Qy
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) October 18, 2017
RIP Gord Downie. We loved you man. https://t.co/lhsMGmrO4E
— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) October 18, 2017
I’m truly saddened by the news of Gord Downie’s passing. Canada has lost one of its bright stars. He will be missed but not forgotten.
— Gordon Lightfoot (@Lightfoot365) October 18, 2017
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 18, 2017