Actress Rebecca de Mornay is paying tribute to her former fiance, Leonard Cohen, in a touching statement released to People magazine.
“Leonard Cohen was one of the greatest poets, but for me, he was also one of the most important people in my life, and losing him is like losing a limb,” de Mornay said.
Cohen, who dated de Mornay in the 90s, told Pico Iyer in 1998 that when he “met Rebecca, all kinds of thoughts came into my mind, as how could they not when faced with a woman of such beauty?”
The “Risky Business” star continued, saying, “he was my ground, he was my aerial, as he wrote in his song ‘Treaty.’ I really cannot fathom what life will be like without him in it.”
“At least I was able to spend time with him in his last year. He faced death as he faced life: straight on, with honesty, grace, and breathtaking depth of perception,” she added. “He enjoyed the quiet, simple moments with friends, and being immersed in working on songs. He said in his last interview that he was ready to die, and he said in his last public outing that he would live forever. Both are true.”
“There was no one like him, and there never will be,” she concluded her statement
Leonard Cohen died on Monday at the age of 82.