Leonard Cohen: Celebrities Pay Tribute To The Legendary Singer-Songwriter

'A great artist, poet and poignant force of energy.'

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Celebrities have been sharing tributes to Canadian singer-songwriter, novelist, and poet Leonard Cohen, who has died at the age of 82.

"We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries," Sony Music Canada said in a statement which confirmed Cohen's death on his Facebook page.

Following the news, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a lengthy tribute to "the most remarkable Montrealer."

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"Leonard Cohen is as relevant today as he was in the 1960s," Trudeau said in his statement. "His ability to conjure the vast array of human emotion made him one of the most influential and enduring musicians ever. His style transcended the vagaries of fashion."

Many other high-profile names have been quick to pay their respects to the influential musician.

J.K. Rowling quoted Cohen's memorable lyrics from 'Anthem' and said, "There is a crack in everything… that's how the light gets in".

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Boy George praised the singer as "a great artist, poet and poignant force of energy".

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Songwriter Carole King simply said, "R.I.P Leonard Cohen," while Justin Timberlake described Cohen as "a spirit and soul beyond compare".

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Lily Allen referenced the other news this week in her tweet which read, "As if the week could get any worse. Thank you Leonard Cohen, for all things. Rest in peace."

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Paloma Faith called Cohen the "greatest wordsmith of all time."

Actor Russell Crowe thanked the singer for "the quiet nights, the reflection, the perspective, the wry smiles and the truth".

Bette Midler tweeted, "Another magical voice stilled," while Alanis Morissette summed up her reaction with a crying-face emoji.

Cohen's epic career spanned five decades and in a statement for Rolling Stone, his son Adam said he writing music up until his death.

"My 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," Adam told the magazine.

"He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humour."

Cohen's representatives have confirmed a memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date.

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