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Leonard Cohen's Son Pays Tribute; Died From Cancer; Hear His Final Interview

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Adam Cohen has paid tribute to his late father Leonard Cohen, thanking fans for their “outpouring of sympathy”.

In an Instagram post Adam wrote:
My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal. With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he’d asked.

As I write this I’m thinking of my father’s unique blend of self-deprecation and dignity, his approachable elegance, his charisma without audacity, his old-world gentlemanliness and the hand-forged tower of his work.

There’s so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time. I’d thank him for the comfort he always provided, for the wisdom he dispensed, for the marathon conversations, for his dazzling wit and humor. I’d thank him for giving me, and teaching me to love Montreal and Greece. And I’d thank him for music; first for his music which seduced me as a boy, then for his encouragement of my own music, and finally for the privilege of being able to make music with him.

Thank you for your kind messages, for the outpouring of sympathy and for your love of my father.

In September 2016 Leonard Cohen gave his ever last to David Remnick of The New Yorker.

Remnick said that “when I visited him in Los Angeles he was suffering from cancer but keeping it very private. He was in deep pain from compression fractures on his spine and he had to sit in a big, blue medical chair to ease that pain”.

Remnick confirmed, “he was very thin already maybe 105/110 pounds (around 50 kilos) but knew where he was going”.

Leonard Cohen’s new album You Want It Darker was recorded in his living room sitting on the medical chair.

During the interview with Remnick Leonard Cohen spoke of his own father’s funeral, when he was nine years old. “My father’s funeral was held in our house. We came down the stairs, the coffin was in the living room and it was open. It was winter. I was thinking ‘it must be hard to dig’. I went to the plot and saw my father buried. Then I came back and went to his closet and found a bow-tie. I cut one of the wings off and I wrote something on it. I think it was some kind of farewell to my father and buried it in the backyard. It was a reaction to the ritual”.

Leonard Cohen died on Monday, 7 November, 2016 at the age of 82. Listen to the last Leonard Cohen interview with David Remnick.