Today, music lovers across the globe are mourning the loss of beloved singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. The news was announced late last night (Nov. 10) through a post on his official Facebook page.
“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement read. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.”
Cohen was 82 years old. Over the course of his life, he penned thousands of songs and became an influence for artists across all genres. Willie Nelson credited him as one of his favorite writers, and even recorded a version of Cohen’s beloved track, “Hallelujah.” You can hear his countrified version of the song below.
“Hallelujah” has been covered by a wide range of artists, including Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, K.D. Lang and dozens more. Nelson’s rendition is featured on his 2006 album Songbird. The project, which consists of mostly cover songs, was developed with alt-rocker Ryan Adams.
Cohen was also an influence on Eric Church, who recently covered “Hallelujah” during his show at Red Rocks Amphitheater. You can check out that performance here.