Renowned Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, known for his timeless folk hits such as “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and “Sundown,” passed away on Monday at the age of 84, according to his spokesperson who spoke with CNN. Victoria Lord, the spokesperson, revealed that Lightfoot died of natural causes at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto at 7:30 p.m.
Lightfoot’s passing comes less than a month after he announced the cancellation of his 2023 US and Canada concert schedule on April 11 due to health-related issues, as stated in a Facebook post.
In 1970, Lightfoot gained popularity on the US pop charts with his song “If You Could Read My Mind,” which also garnered him his second of four Grammy nominations for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. His music had a significant impact on the folk music genre and his contributions to the industry will not be forgotten.