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What the world is saying about Leonard Cohen’s passing

Grieving for the Canadian artist, who has passed away at 82: ‘Rest in nothing but peace’


 

Leonard Cohen—with his gravelly baritone and his deeply seductive sense of self—has died at 82, leaving an indelible mark on music and Canada as a whole. Here is a selection of what people have said about the legacy he leaves behind, from both famous voices and everyday grievers. Read our continuing remembrances of Leonard Cohen here.

“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.”

– Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

“Thank you Leonard Cohen. Swift rebirth my friend.”

– k.d. lang

“A brilliant Canadian artist passed today. Leonard Cohen, rest in peace. Hallelujah.”

– Kiefer Sutherland

“One of our greatest artists left us today. A great poet, a musical genius. My condolences to his family and loved ones.”

– Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly

“Leonard Cohen define so well our cultural diversity and duality representing the true definition of living together in Montreal.”

-Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre

“He was punk before it was a thing, and the pride of anglo MTL. His whole life was a thesis statement on being cool. Rest in peace.”

– Jay Baruchel

“I’ve experienced the loss of many legends but never have I seen so many of their works quoted in their passing.”

– Rob Lowe

“One of my favourite singer-poets. RIP Legendary Musician Leonard Cohen Dead At 82”

– Ron Howard

“Leonard Cohen gone? I didn’t think this week could get any worse.”

– Molly Ringwald

“Hail Hail A Genius Has Vacated This Realm: Rip Leonard Cohen!”

– Roseanne Barr

“RIP Leonard Cohen. Thank you for you dedication to music, & writing one of my favorite songs to sing ‘Hallelujah.'”

– Jennifer Hudson

“Leonard Cohen has died. Another magical voice stilled.”

– Bette Midler

“Devastating news…My life was forever changed by his music and words. He will never be forgotten.”

– Ron Sexsmith


 
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