The Canadian rock world is mourning the loss of one of their own today. Brian Doherty, guitarist for Big Wreck, has passed away after a battle with cancer. Doherty had been fighting cancer for the past year, and learned it was terminal a few months ago.
A friend of Doherty’s started a Go Fund Me campaign to help with the cost of medical expenses, and the burden those expenses put on Doherty and especially his mother. It was announced this morning via twitter and the Go Fund Me page that Doherty had passed at 11:30 PM on June 5th.
I am sad to announce that Brian passed away at 11:30 last night June 5th 2019.
The Brian Doherty Cancer Care Fund https://t.co/mORqaOEeaD
— James Bukowiec (@bukworx) June 6, 2019
The tributes quickly began to pour in for one of the good guys in Canadian rock.
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our brother, Brian Doherty, passed away peacefully yesterday after a prolonged and brave struggle with cancer. pic.twitter.com/cA7xc7a2wW
— Big Wreck (@bigwreckmusic) June 6, 2019
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— Monster Truck (@Monster_Truck_) June 6, 2019
It’s a very hard day for @bigwreckmusic fans. This man has been so kind to me over the years. Nothing but Big Wreck tunes for me today. Thank you for everything Brian. Even if you don’t know who Big Wreck is, find a song and play it in his honor. 💔 https://t.co/7qykFlA2d2
— Ladylike (@ImaBigWreck) June 6, 2019
Brian Doherty was 51 years old.