Canadian icon Stompin' Tom Connors passed away at age 77

By Gina DiFalco,

Canadian music icon, Tom Connors, has passed away at his home in Ontario at the age of 77 due to natural causes.

Connors, known as Stompin’ Tom Connors, passed away with friends and family surrounding him. He was said to have died of natural causes.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed his condolences, tweeting “We have lost a true Canadian original. R.I.P. Stompin' Tom Connors. You played the best game that could be played."

According to AceShowBiz, Connors got his nickname because of tapping his boot on a wooden board. He started his music career by being 5 cents short for a beer he ordered, and ended up paying the rest by playing a few songs, which turned into a 14-month contract.

He’s best known for his songs “The Hockey Song," "Sudbury Saturday Night," and "Bud The Spud.”

The Montreal Gazette reports that since Connors knew his health was on the decline, he penned a letter to his fans.

"I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin' Tom," he wrote. "It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with its beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world."

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