Friends and fans are offering condolences and sharing their best memories of Gord Downie after his family announced the Tragically Hip frontman's death.
Downie's family said he "quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by."
Many people are mourning with the family today, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Speaking to reporters in Ottawa, Trudeau teared up remembering "our buddy Gord, who loved this country with everything he had."
Fellow musicians are paying tribute to Downie. "It's a sad sad day for Canada and Canadian music," the band Rush said on Instagram.
A Tribe Called Red's Ian Campeau shared a photo of himself with Downie, saying the news of Downie's death left him in tears.
"Gord Downie never wasted a second," said Great Big Sea's Bob Hallett.
Many are also expressing their gratitude. "It was our country's privilege to have known him and to have loved him," this fan said.
"So long, Gord. Thank you," tweeted Ryan Reynolds.
"We were so lucky he chose to share his gifts with us."
Gord Downie, who spent the last months of his life pushing for reconciliation, is also being fondly remembered by many Indigenous leaders.
Perry Bellegarde, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, hailed Downie as an ally and friend.
In an emotional ceremony last year, the AFN honoured Downie with the Lakota name Wicapi Omani, which means "walks with the stars."
For three decades, Downie was the unofficial poet laureate of Canada.
His songs were the soundtrack of Canada.
Rest in peace.
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