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Canadian Folk Singer, Gordon Lightfoot Dies Age 84

By The Big Magazine Staff

Canadian folk singer-songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot, known for 80's hit “Sundown”, died Monday. He was 84.

Canadian Folk Singer, Gordon Lightfoot Dies Age 84 - The Big Magazine

Representative Victoria Lord said the musician died at a Toronto hospital. His cause of death was not immediately available. Lightfoot recorded 20 studio albums and penned hundreds of songs, including “Carefree Highway,” “Early Morning Rain” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

In the 1970s, Lightfoot garnered five Grammy nominations, three platinum records and nine gold records for albums and singles. He performed in well over 1,500 concerts and recorded 500 songs.

He toured late into his life. Just last month he canceled upcoming U.S. and Canadian shows, citing health issues.

“We have lost one of our greatest singer-songwriters,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted. “Gordon Lightfoot captured our country’s spirit in his music – and in doing so, he helped shape Canada’s soundscape. May his music continue to inspire future generations, and may his legacy live on forever.”

RIP Gordon! Read the full AP article here.

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