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Many in the entertainment world are sharing their thoughts after the passing of Canadian musician Gordon Lightfoot.

Lightfoot is praised here in the States, but to get a real sense of what he meant to Canadians, you have to read this from the CBC. It quotes the great Geddy Lee as saying, “He is our poet laureate, he is our iconic singer-songwriter,” said Rush singer Geddy Lee in the 2019 documentary Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind.”

They also include words from Tom Cochrane (also Canadian), “Gordon’s songs are works of art, every bit as relevant as classic poetry,” Cochrane said during his salute to Lightfoot at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in 2003.”

Lightfoot has said he drew inspiration from another singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan. It appears Dylan enjoyed Lightfoot’s music as well.

Lightfoot, who passed away at the age of 84 on Monday, certainly left an impression on many in the entertainment world.

Bryan Adams tweeted, “Once in a blue moon you get to work and hang out with one of the people you admired when you were growing up. I was lucky enough to say Gordon was my friend and I’m gutted to know he’s gone. ”

Author Stephen King shared, “Gordon Lightfoot has died. He was a great songwriter and a wonderful performer. ”

Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, “Gordon Lightfoot captured our country’s spirit in his music – and in doing so, he helped shape Canada’s soundscape. May his music continue to inspire future generations, and may his legacy live on forever.”

Actor Kiefer Sutherland remembered the singer with a photo.

Lake Superior itself sent a Tweet memorializing Lightfoot!