Wainwright covered "Hallelujah" & has a child with Cohen's daughter.
The news that prolific singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen died at age 82 on Monday shattered the music world, but his fellow artists are taking solace in the extraordinary catalog the Canadian legend leaves behind. His most famous song, "Hallelujah," will especially live on, given its many cover versions over the years, including one from Rufus Wainwright.
"Like for most of us, for me he dwelled in a higher strata inhabited by some living but mostly passed icons who seemed to have this direct line to the galaxy, whilst at the same time knowing exactly when to take out the trash," Wainwright lamented in a statement about Cohen's death. "Formidable in both the sacred and the mundane."