Celebrities pay tribute to the late Leonard Cohen

Nov 11, 2016 at 9:20 a.m. ET
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Canadian singer Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82.

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The Montreal-born singer, songwriter, poet and artist was known for songs like "Suzanne," "I'm Your Man," "Bird on the Wire" and, of course, "Hallelujah," which was described by U2's Bono as "the most perfect song in the world" and is one of the most covered songs of all time, with over 300 known versions released.

Cohen's death was announced on his official Facebook page, although no cause of death was given.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries," read the post.

Immediately, fans took to social media to pay tribute to the enigmatic artist, including several celebrities.

Singer Jennifer Hudson shared a clip of her covering Cohen's 'Hallelujah."


Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, said Cohen's death exposed the "fragileness of life."


Actor and fellow Canadian Kiefer Sutherland called Cohen "brilliant."


Comedian Sarah Silverman suggested that we take comfort in Cohen's music.


Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon got nostalgic.


Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood revealed her sadness at Cohen's death.


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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was one of many who tweeted Cohen's lyrics.


And for some, like fellow Canadian musician Alanis Morissette, there were no words.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a lengthy tribute to Cohen, describing the late singer as "a most remarkable Montrealer" who "managed to reach the highest of artistic achievement, both as an acclaimed poet and a world-renowned singer-songwriter."

Trudeau continued, "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." He ended his tribute with, "On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to Leonard Cohen’s family, friends, colleagues and many, many fans. Leonard, no other artist's poetry and music felt or sounded quite like yours. We'll miss you."

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A Leonard Cohen memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date.

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