Canadian songwriter and folk icon Gordon Lightfoot dies, aged 84

Gordon Lightfoot onstage in New York in 1969
(Image credit: Sherry Rayn Barnett / Getty)

Gordon Lightfoot – the Canadian singer-songwriter behind hits like If You Can Read My Mind and Sundown – has passed away, aged 84 according to a statement on his official Facebook page.

“It is with profound sadness that we confirm that Gordon Meredith Lightfoot has passed away,” reads the post. “Gordon died peacefully on Monday, May 1, 2023 at 7.30 PM at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. He died of natural causes. He was 84 years old. 

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.