The world has lost one of the most prolific and influential singer-songwriters of the past six decades, Canadian Leonard Cohen, who passed away on Nov. 10 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 82. Following the announcement on the Montreal-born singer's website, an outpouring of heartfelt tributes from the likes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alanis Morissette, Justin Timberlake and Lin-Manuel Miranda honoured his life on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Leonard's influence was far-reaching, from his growling vocals to his provocative lyrics and the 1984 single "Hallelujah," which is one of the most covered songs of all time. "No other artist's music felt or sounded like Leonard Cohen's," said Justin Trudeau. "Yet his work resonated across generations. Canada and the world will miss him."
No other artist's music felt or sounded like Leonard Cohen's. Yet his work resonated across generations. Canada and the world will miss him.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 11, 2016
Leonard Cohen has died. Another magical voice stilled.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 11, 2016
RIP Leonard Cohen. Thank you for you dedication to music, & writing one of my favorite songs to sing "Hallelujah". https://t.co/JsTjNmmarC
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) November 11, 2016
Jennifer Hudson shared a video in which she covers "Hallelujah," calling it "one of my favourite songs to sing." "A spirit and soul beyond compare," said Justin Timberlake, while astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted, "All men will be sailors then, until the sea shall free them. With love, goodbye, Leonard."
A spirit and soul beyond compare.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) November 11, 2016
— Alanis Morissette (@Alanis) November 11, 2016
A memorial for the singer will be held in Los Angeles at a later date. See what more stars had to say about Leonard below.
All men will be sailors then, until the sea shall free them. With love, goodbye, Leonard. pic.twitter.com/HNyCZelAK5
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) November 11, 2016
& when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said all men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 11, 2016
Thank you Leonard Cohen
Swift rebirth my friend.
— k.d. lang (@kdlang) November 11, 2016
As of the week could get any worse. Thank you Leonard Cohen, for all the things. Rest In Peace
— lily allen (@lilyallen) November 11, 2016
RIP Leonard Cohen. Thank you for your enormous talent. #heartbroken
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) November 11, 2016
"There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in."
RIP Leonard Cohen.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 11, 2016
— Pentatonix (@PTXofficial) November 11, 2016
One of the best concerts of my life. Could hear a pin drop. The poetry & the reverence. Waiting for every precious word. RIP Leonard Cohen.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) November 11, 2016
Goodbye old friend, demon cleanser, touchstone, my inspiration on everything I have ever done - I am crying for you tonight in your native land. I want to know you're happy where you've landed and save me a spot next to you please.(and Kurt) I love you Leonard. I love you so much. I'm sorry I never got to tell you. Rest in peace and exultation. Xxxxx