Women in Music 2016

The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie Has Terminal Cancer, Band Plans Farewell Tour

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Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip performs on Day 9 of the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest on July 17, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada. 

The Tragically Hip says lead singer Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

The Canadian band made the announcement on its website and Facebook page Tuesday (May 24).

A message posted on the sites says Downie was diagnosed with the condition in December. It says "he's endured a lot of difficult times, and has been fighting hard."

The band says in the note that it plans to tour this summer, because it "feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us." The message says dates and details for the tour will be coming this week.

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The Tragically Hip formed in 1984 and has garnered more than a dozen Juno awards in Canada. 

Below, find two of their most popular songs: 1993's "At the Hundredth Meridian" and 1989's "New Orleans Is Sinking."