While new of Leonard Cohen’s death wasn’t confirmed until Thursday, it’s now been revealed that the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter passed away on Monday at his home in Los Angeles.
As the Toronto Star reports, by the time news broke of his death at age 82, Cohen had already been laid to rest in Montreal’s Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery in Montreal’s Westmount neighbourhood, near the base of Mount Royal.
According to the Star, “evidence of his burial lies beneath a conspicuous covering of fallen brown leaves in front of an unmarked gravestone, which cover the unsettled earth, wet cement and the tracks of an industrial digger.”
While an official at the cemetery refused to confirm the location of the gravesite, it appears to be within a Cohen family plot.
“Leonard’s wish was to be laid to rest in a traditional Jewish rite beside his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents,” reads a statement released Friday by Rabbi Adam Scheier and Cantor Gideon Zelermyer (the latter having appeared in Cohen’s final album, “You Want it Darker”, singing background vocals on the title track).
Marie Mazur, a longtime friend of Cohen’s who runs the fan site Speaking Cohen, tells the Star that the funeral was just for family.
“He was a wonderful guy,” Mazur said. “Basically, what you saw on stage, in interviews, that was who he was and more. He was just a very kind, generous person.”