Gordon Lightfoot, a renowned folk and soft rock artist from the 1970s, has passed away, as reported by his publicist. He died on Monday night in Toronto, where he was receiving medical treatment, but no information on the reason for his hospitalization or cause of death has been released. Lightfoot was most famous for his hit song, “If You Could Read My Mind.”
The Canadian folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot was a national treasure in Canada and a hitmaker in the 70s with songs like “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” that charted on the US Billboard charts. Lightfoot was recognized with four Grammy nominations and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music HOF. Despite being a fitness enthusiast and touring the US and Canada for years, he had to pause his tours due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Until a few weeks ago, Gordon Lightfoot was still performing on tour, but then he announced the cancellation of all remaining dates due to a health issue that was not disclosed. He is survived by his wife Kim Hasse and six children. Lightfoot and Hasse got married in 2014.
He was 84.