The Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie revealed this morning that he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December.

“Since then, obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times and he has been fighting hard,“ the band said in a statement on its website about the 52-year-old Downie, who is married with four children.

The band then revealed they’ll be embarking on a final tour this summer.

“This feels like the right thing to do now,“ they said. “For Gord and for all of us…We’re going to dig deep and try to make this our best tour yet.“

Dates for the tour will arrive later this week.