I was never really into the hip much, they always kinda felt like a Canadian REM but not as good (and I was never really into REM that much to begin with either). But they were beloved by a lot of people. Even Trudeau made a statement about it, fighting through tears no less! https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/1075981891559/
(shades of South Park: "A tragic day for Canada, and therefore of course, the world")
One of my best friends saw the first show of their last tour and he said it was one of his all-time favourite shows, and that it had a fantastically unique atmosphere of people saying goodbye while also celebrating the band's long career. He recorded final albums both with The Hip (Man Machine Poem which came out last year) and solo (Introduce Yerself which comes out in like a week, eerie timing on that one. Reminds me of Blackstar.). And he spent much of his final year on charity work and supporting the causes he felt most strongly about, mainly stuff supporting Canada's first nations. He really went out with as much dignity as anyone in this situation possibly could. What a guy.