Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82 years old. The news was confirmed by the music icon's label Sony Music Canada on the singer's Facebook. After word of the news spread on Thursday night, tributes to the "Hallelujah" icon came from all across the world of music by the likes of Q-Tip, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Justin Timberlake, and many more.
The legendary singer and songwriter is considered to be one of the greatest Canadian songwriters of his generation. He was born on Sept. 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec. He learned guitar as a teenager and formed the group Buckskin Boys. However he turned writing poetry as a young man, publishing several books in the early 1960s.
After a trip to New York City in 1966, his life turned dramatically towards music and became a noted songwriter and eventually singer for his own work. He has since written and released dozens of timeless works that will live on for years to come.
He is being remembered by many of his peers in the music world. Find a few of those celebrating and mourning Cohen below.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) November 11, 2016
#RIPLeonardCohen A spirit and soul beyond compare. — Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) November 11, 2016
A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Nov 10, 2016 at 6:02pm PST
RIP Leonard Cohen #hero — QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) November 11, 2016
& when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said all men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 11, 2016
"Like a bird on the wire Like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried, in my way, to be free." -Leonard Cohen — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 11, 2016
Kids. Take a moment to listen to Leonard Cohen's song Going Home when you can. RIP L Cohen and thank you.
— benjamin folds (@BenFolds) November 11, 2016
Oh man. RIP Leonard Cohen. Thank you for the most beautiful song ever written: https://t.co/pqVvKvVDy3 — Best Coast (@BestCoast) November 11, 2016
RIP Leonard Cohen. One of the greatest, deepest and wisest to ever bless us with his songs. pic.twitter.com/zroVhSQjVk
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) November 11, 2016
Such sad news...The great Leonard Cohen has passed away. Thank's for what your music has done for humanity... Kindness, love, beauty, poetry — regina spektor (@respektor) November 11, 2016
Leonard Cohen, what a guy
- first album at 33
- dropped "Hallelujah" at 50
- first arena shows in his 70s
He did it til the end. RIP
— Ezra Koenig (@arzE) November 11, 2016
Dear God, no. The darkness just got so much darker. Such a beautiful man, such a beautiful soul. Please rest in peace, Leonard. A photo posted by moby XⓋX (@moby) on Nov 10, 2016 at 5:58pm PST
Next year can only be better. Seeing Leonard Cohen walking on St Laurent street when I was 21 was enough to make me feel like I had a home
— win butler (@DJWindows98) November 11, 2016
RIP Leonard Cohen. Thanks for always finding the sacred in the profane and the profane in the sacred — Dawes (@dawestheband) November 11, 2016
— Alanis Morissette (@Alanis) November 11, 2016