Alan Cross shared his comments on “The Morning Show” about the passing of Gord Downie, lead singer and lyricist of Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. Downie succumbed to brain cancer Tuesday night. He was 53.
“We are going to go into a period of national mourning”, says Cross. “This is going to be a tremendous blow. Watch the country come together over this.”
He concludes, “this band and this singer exemplified so much of the soul of Canadian culture”.
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— The Morning Show (@MorningShowCA) October 18, 2017
Downie revealed in May 2016 that he had terminal cancer, an aggressive, incurable form called glioblastoma. He was diagnosed in December 2015 after suffering a seizure, and then had surgery to remove the bulk of the brain tumour, while six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy reduced it even further.
Alan Cross is a Canadian radio broadcaster and a writer. Based in Toronto, Ontario, he is best known nationally and internationally as host of the syndicated radio series The Ongoing History of New Music, The Secret History of Rock, and ExploreMusic.