Tom Thompson was never officially part of the group of seven but was extremely important to it. he lived in Algonquin for at least 6 months out of the year. Varley, Jackson, and Lismer went with him for most of his up north painting trips, this is where they all developed their unique style that made the group famous. Many people still wonder if Toms death was an accident or murder. most facts lean towards both which have feuded controversy throughout the years: - At approx. 12:50 pm Sunday, July 8th 1917 Tom went fishing on canoe lake - Around 3:00 pm his over turned canoe was found not far from from where he started *Friends began searching the nearby woods *After 10 days of search, his body was found in the lake 115 meters off shore *Doctors found a large bruise on the right side of his head, and bleeding from his right ear, along with copper fishing wire wrapped around his one ankle. People believed that it was most likely a murder because he was an experienced fisherman and knew his grounds along with his waters to good enough to fall overboard. There are also a great amount that it was an accidental death caused by the consumption of alcohol and thus leading to him falling over board and hitting his head on a rock.