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Neil Young and Drake pay tribute to Gord Downie

Caroline Szwed

On Tuesday evening, Canada lost Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie.

The news devastated the nation, as Canadians worldwide posted about their heartache and memories to their social media channels. And this morning, two Canadian superstars paid a heartfelt tribute to Downie.

Recent Canadian Hall of Fame inductee Neil Young took his thoughts to Twitter and Facebook.

"You have always been a true Canadian artist," Young wrote on his Facebook page. "My condolences to your whole family and all of Canada. What a great gift of music you have left here for us all."


And Drake posted an emotional memory of having met Gord Downie at a Toronto Raptors game earlier this year.

Drake and Gord Downie share a moment at a Toronto Raptors game.

More to explore:

Listen to a special Radio 2 broadcast celebrating the life of Gord Downie

 By questioning Canada's past, Gord Downie fought for a better future

‘I’ll give you the confines of my heart’: Gord Downie from the CBC Archives

From the archives: Gord Downie on how to be a songwriter

Canada mourns the loss of Gord Downie