Gordon Lightfoot, the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter, died last night (May 1) at age 84.
The folk icon’s passing was confirmed in a statement via Facebook. The statement is as follows:
“It is with profound sadness that we confirm that Gordon Meredith Lightfoot has passed away. Gordon died peacefully on Monday, May 1, 2023 at 730 p.m. at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. He died of natural causes. He was 84 years old.
He is survived by his wife Kim Hasse, six children– Fred, Ingrid, Eric, Galen, Miles and Meredith, as well as several grandchildren.”
Lightfoot’s career spanned six decades and included 21 studio albums. He is best remembered for a number of classic songs including “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Carefree Highway,” “Rainy Day People” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”
Many people from the music world and beyond took to social media to honor Lightfoot and his career and life. Below are some notable tributes.