News of Leonard Cohen’s death Thursday at age 82 is hitting fans hard, with a number of mourners holding an impromptu vigil outside Cohen’s Montreal home, singing his songs, reciting prayers and leaving tributes on the late icon’s doorstep.
Cohen’s son Adam told Rolling Stone that his father died peacefully at home “with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records. He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humour.”
Cohen’s manager Robert Kory added: “Unmatched in his creativity, insight and crippling candour, Leonard Cohen was a true visionary whose voice will be sorely missed. I was blessed to call him a friend, and for me to serve that bold artistic spirit firsthand, was a privilege and great gift. He leaves behind a legacy of work that will bring insight, inspiration and healing for generations to come.”
Since news broke of Cohen’s death, the late singer-songwriter has received numerous tributes; in fact, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau released a statement praising Cohen.
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen,” reads the statement. “A most remarkable Montrealer, Leonard Cohen managed to reach the highest of artistic achievement, both as an acclaimed poet and a world-renowned singer-songwriter. He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations. Leonard Cohen is as relevant today as he was in the 1960s. His ability to conjure the vast array of human emotion made him one of the most influential and enduring musicians ever. His style transcended the vagaries of fashion.”
As NME reports, tearful fans have been laying flowers and lighting candles on the steps of his home in Montreal, some reciting prayers, with social media telling the story.