Leonard Cohen Died on Monday, Sony Confirms
This week, the music world lost a towering figure when legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away at age 82. Billboard has learned that although news of his death was not widely circulated until Thursday night (Nov. 10), Cohen in fact died on Monday (Nov. 7). A spokesperson for Sony Music has confirmed the date of passing. No reason was given for the delay in announcement of the news.
Cohen’s son and producer Adam Cohen wrote on Facebook that his father "passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records [You Want It Darker]. He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor.” Read our full obituary for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer here.
Cohen's congregation, Shaar Hashomayim, released the following statement: "'Magnified, sanctified be Thy holy name.' These are the words of Kaddish, the Jewish prayer of memory, that were recited at Eliezer/Leonard Cohen’s graveside on Thursday, November 10. Leonard's wish was to be laid to rest in a traditional Jewish rite beside his parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Leonard was a beloved and revered member of Shaar Hashomayim and he maintained a lifelong spiritual, musical, and familial connection to the synagogue of his youth. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May his memory be a blessing to all."
Earlier this year, his muse Marianne Ihlen -- who inspired "So Long, Marianne" -- died of leukemia. Prior to her passing, Cohen wrote her a letter that anticipated his own death: "Well Marianne it's come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine."