Just when this week seemed as though it couldn't have gotten any worse, news reached the masses that Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82. The Montreal-born songwriting icon who blessed the world with an incredible body of work including 14 studio albums and 7 books, is best known for writing the song "Hallelujah," probably one of the most frequently covered songs of the 20th century. Leonard Cohen's passing was reported on his official Facebook page.
An immeasurable amount of artists have been influenced by Leonard Cohen, and many celebrities responded publicly to the news of his passing. See some of these reactions below.
RIP Leonard Cohen 🙏🏾🙏🏾#hero— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) November 11, 2016
#RIPLeonardCohen— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) November 11, 2016
A spirit and soul beyond compare.
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
In Leonard Cohen's hometown today. pic.twitter.com/h9HW0VuON0— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) November 11, 2016
This is heartbreaking. Can't help but feel grateful for the tower of song he leaves behind. https://t.co/q1asV1RF7U— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 11, 2016
"Like a bird on the wire— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 11, 2016
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried, in my way, to be free."
& when he knew for certain— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 11, 2016
Only drowning men could see him
He said all men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them
Leonard Cohen's final studio album You Want It Darker was released less than one month ago to rave reviews. You can hear the title track below.