Man who walks amongst the stars
Passes away at 53

(Screenshot of Downie at AFN Assembly - December 6, 2016)

“Looked up to the Lord above, and said hey man thanks,” just some of the lyrics from Tragically Hip front-man Gord Downie being shared on social media, after news of his passing broke Wednesday morning.

Disclosed in a statement posted to the band’s web page, Downie died Tuesday night, “… with his beloved children and family close by.”

He was given a Lakota spirit name, Wicapi Omani, which can be roughly translated as “Man who walks among the stars,” last December.

Downie had been diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer in 2016.

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Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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