Gord Downie, Singer Of The Tragically Hip, Dies At 53 : The Two-Way : NPR

  • Gord Downie, Singer Of The Tragically Hip, Dies At 53 – – Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET – – Gord Downie, singer of The Tragically Hip, died of complications from brain cancer Tuesday night at the age of 53.
  • The Tragically Hip — Downie, bassist Gord Sinclair, guitarist Rob Baker and drummer Johnny Fay — was formed in a high school in the Canadian province of Ontario in 1984.
  • In a statement on the news of Downie’s passing, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau writes that the singer “painted landscapes with his words, elevating Canadian geography, historical figures, and myths.
  • Damian Abraham, singer of the Canadian hardcore band F***** Up, wrote for Vice that The Tragically Hip’s “songs are stitched into the collective subconscious of this country in a way that can only come from being played constantly on radio, television, and during breaks of play at sports events,” and…
  • Shortly afterward, Downie also announced he would be joining The Tragically Hip for what would be its final tour, culminating in a performance in the band’s birthplace of Kingston, Ontario.

The man who helmed one of Canada’s most-beloved bands for more than 30 years died Tuesday night of complications from brain cancer, according to his family.
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Harvard grad creates musical thesis on surviving cancer

  • Not so much a lifesaving prescription as it was a lifesaver in the dark, music is what fed Taylor Carol’s hopes.
  • “In that painful darkness, music really became a savior, a crutch for me,” said Carol, who had Dave Matthews Band, The Who, and John Mayer in heavy rotation.
  • That experience formed his forever connection to music, one he would follow to becoming an ambassador for children’s cancer, an aspiring singer and songwriter, and to producing a profoundly personal senior thesis in the form of a record album held together by his experience of facing pediatric cancer.
  • Wanting his senior thesis to expound on his passion for music and his dream to help young cancer patients, he petitioned to write an album of songs that served as a sort of “mentoring” on end-of-life issues.
  • Carol said his goal for the album is twofold: to prove the merit of song on an academic level and to have an impact on young patients.

Childhood cancer survivor Taylor Carol found hope through music and turned it into his thesis.
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Ohio child cancer survivor kills herself over bullying

  • The, and her curly hair, led to bullying, said Bethany’s mother, Wendy Feucht.
  • Triad Middle School was aware of the bullying problem, Feucht said.
  • Bethany and her friend went to administrators with anti-bullying posters on Bethany’s last day at school, and were told they couldn’t be used, Feucht said.
  • “There’s a piece missing, I’ve had this constant in my life for 12 years and now it’s gone,” Feucht said. “
  • The raffle dinner event raised over $5,500, in addition to $2,000 offered in donations, said Ashley Cozad, a family friend who organized the event.

Bethany Thompson, 11, survived cancer but couldn’t live with the bullying over its aftereffects.
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Ohio child cancer survivor kills herself over bullying

Ohio child cancer survivor kills herself over bullying:

  • The, and her curly hair, led to bullying, said Bethany’s mother, Wendy Feucht.
  • Triad Middle School was aware of the bullying problem, Feucht said.
  • Bethany and her friend went to administrators with anti-bullying posters on Bethany’s last day at school, and were told they couldn’t be used, Feucht said.
  • “There’s a piece missing, I’ve had this constant in my life for 12 years and now it’s gone,” Feucht said. “
  • Her family and friends remember Bethany as generous and loving, and full of life.

Bethany Thompson, 11, survived cancer but couldn’t live with the bullying over its aftereffects.
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