TORONTO — One of Gord Downie’s brothers says the public’s support has been “uplifting” and “helps with the sadness.”
Mike Downie says a “private family gathering” is taking place today for the Tragically Hip frontman, who died Tuesday night at age 53.
A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night in Downie’s hometown of Kingston, Ont.
Fans also gathered in Bobcaygeon, an Ontario community immortalized in one of the Hip’s most popular songs.
Mike Downie says while there are no plans in place yet, the family is considering a public memorial for the singer.
“We’ll pull something together in the coming days, I guess,” he said.
“It’ll be something that Gord would like and appreciate so we’ll just have to figure that out.”
He also said he was touched by the tributes to his brother that have poured in from across the country and around the world.
“It helps with the sadness because it’s so uplifting but it actually makes you a little sadder too because you realize there’s a lot of people who are really hurting,” he said through tears during an interview in Toronto.
“It also makes you feel like you’re part of something. I think that’s true for a lot of Canadians. I’m in good company.”
David Friend, The Canadian Press
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