Murals in Buffalo on Hertel, Allen and downtown have been popping up everywhere and they're impressive and inspiring as you walk by them. One of those murals caught the eye on thousands of our friends up North because their fellow Canadian and Tragically Hip frontman, Gord Downie was painted on it.

The mural of Downie was especially meaningful after he passed away from an incurable brain tumor on October 17. The band was especially popular in Western New York over their 30 year career.

Thank you Buffalo for the beautiful Gord Downie mural - with love, canada", it read on Reddit.

When Downie died, his family posted this on Instagram and his website:

Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by.

Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips.

Gord said he had lived many lives. As a musician, he lived “the life” for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one.

We would like to thank all the kind folks at KGH and Sunnybrook, Gord’s bandmates, management team, friends and fans. Thank you for all the help and support over the past two years.

Thank you everyone for all the respect, admiration and love you have given Gord throughout the years – those tender offerings touched his heart and he takes them with him now as he walks among the stars.

Love you forever Gord.

The Downie Family

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