Reactions From Over Fifty Veteran Artists to the Death of Leonard Cohen

by Newsdesk & VVN Music

Bette Midler and Justin Timberlake led the tributes to Leonard Cohen following the singer's death on Thursday, aged 82.

A post on Cohen's Facebook page on Thursday evening read: "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."

Following the sad news, a slew of celebrities took to their social media to pay tribute and remember the legendary singer.

Bette led the way, tweeting: "Leonard Cohen has died. Another magical voice stilled."

Justin wrote, "A spirit and soul beyond compare," while Jennifer Hudson shared a video of herself singing one of Cohen's most famous songs, Hallelujah.

"RIP Leonard Cohen. Thank you for you dedication to music, & writing one of my favorite songs to sing, Hallelujah," she wrote.

Moby posted a throwback picture of Cohen, writing: "Dear God, no. The darkness just got so much darker. Such a beautiful man, such a beautiful soul. Please rest in peace, Leonard."

Regina Spektor thanked Cohen for his impact on the music industry, tweeting: "Such sad news...The great Leonard Cohen has passed away. Thank's for what your music has done for humanity... Kindness, love, beauty, poetry," while OneRepublic concurred in their tweet, writing: "R.I.P Leonard Cohen. U (sic) are without a doubt one of the greatest songs writers of any generation. THANK YOU for your life. #RIPLeonard."

Musical offspring Sean Lennon and Nancy Sinatra also paid their own respects, with Sean tweeting, "Leonard Cohen R.I.P. 2016 now officially one of the saddest years," and Nancy adding, "One of the best ever. So sad. Rest with the angels, Leonard, Hallelujah."

Carole King also tweeted "#RIPLeonard".

It wasn't only musical stars who paid tribute to Cohen though. Russell Crowe posted a heartfelt message to the late singer, writing: "Dear Leonard Cohen, thanks for the quiet nights, the reflection, the perspective, the wry smiles and the truth #towerofsong."

Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda followed in Crowe's footsteps with his post: "This is heartbreaking. Can't help but feel grateful for the tower of song he leaves behind."

Others referenced the fact that Cohen's death comes just days after Donald Trump was named the new U.S. President Elect, beating Hillary Clinton in the race to the White House.

"RIP Leonard Cohen. Ugh. It feels pointed, this death. It's making us remember songs like Come Healing which is a good one for these days," Sarah Silverman wrote.

Comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted, "Leonard Cohen dying is so goddamned symbolic right now. You just don't let up, do you 2016?" while Emily Ratajkowski added, "The world feels lost right about now."

Kiefer Sutherland mentioned Cohen's Canadian heritage, writing, "A brilliant Canadian artist passed today. Leonard Cohen, rest in peace. Hallelujah," while director Ron Howard tweeted, "One of my favorite singer-poets. RIP Legendary Musician Leonard Cohen."

There were no details about the cause of Cohen's death. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date, according to the Facebook announcement of his death.

More reactions:

Charlie Daniels:
Just got word that Leonard Cohen has passed away.
Rest in peace Buddy,i learned a lot about music from you.
Ben Folds
Kids. Take a moment to listen to Leonard Cohen's song Going Home when you can. RIP L Cohen and thank you.
Paul Stanley
RIP Leonard Cohen. A poet, songwriter and rogue till the end. Hallelujah.
Rosanne Cash
Leonard Cohen is dead. There's a crack in everything. No light yet.
Travel safely and Rest In Peace, Leonard Cohen. You made all songwriters want to be better. I'm still looking for The Secret Chord, but I think you must have found it now.
Justin Trudeau
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah#RIPLeonard
k.d. lang
Thank you Leonard Cohen­čĆ╗
Swift rebirth my friend.
Ron Sexsmith

Devastating news...My life was forever changed by his music and words

He'll will never be forgotten Love Always RS

One of the best days of my life was singing "So Long Marianne" with Leonard and Steven Page RS
Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies
The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold.
Myles Goodwin of April Wine
To say that Leonard Cohen was a one of a kind poet, singer, songwriter, would be irreverent. He was so unique and extraordinary and so loved, that words fail to describe the loss we feel at the sad news of his passing. Tonight he will be singing Hallelujah with a choir of angels at his side. Far above us and here on earth, his music lives on... "Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah.
Clive Davis (to Billboard)
Leonard Cohen was truly a master songwriter. No one sounded like him either vocally or lyrically. He penetrated your soul with his haunting voice and his piercing words. Leonard was absolutely one-of-a-kind, a poet and an artist who put you under his spell time and time again. Suzanne, So Long, Marianne, That's No Way to Say Goodbye, Hallelujah, Bird on a Wire. Each is unforgettable and each will live on forever as will Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet laureate.
Brian Wilson
One of the hardest things to do is to write a great song and Leonard Cohen wrote some great ones. “Hallelujah” is one that is very moving to me. Love and Mercy to Leonard’s family, friends and fans.
– Brian
Blue Rodeo
Today we saw the passing of a great man, Leonard Cohen. He gave all musicians and artists so much of a path to follow and he will be dearly missed.
Bob Seger
No one was a larger influence on my songwriting than Leonard Cohen!
Gordon Lightfoot
I am deeply saddened by the passing of my contemporary, colleague, fellow Canadian and my dear friend Leonard Cohen. He loved music and his music affected millions of people around the world. He will be greatly missed. I offer my deepest condolences to his family as they grieve this tremendous loss.
Marianne Faitfull
So long Leonard... R.I.P Leonard Cohen.
Elton John
Woke up to the saddest news. Leonard Cohen was unique - a giant of a man and a brilliant songwriter. Irreplaceable. Loved him and his wonderful music. #LeonardCohen #RIP
Per Gessle of Roxette
So sad to read that Leonard Cohen passed away. It's getting thinner and thinner in the world of the truly great ones. Bowie, Prince and now LC.

LC changed my life forever when I was fourteen. I learned to play guitar to "Hey, that's no way to say goodbye" and spend so many nights trying to figure out those fantastic lyrics. What an artist. What a writer. What a singer. What a performer. I'll listen to "If it be your will" before I go to bed tonight. /P.
Heather Nova
Simply the best. The great Leonard Cohen RIP. Thankyou For all the inspiration. #poet #visionary #lyricist And Thankyou For your stunning final album
We lost a true artist and a Canadian legend.
..... A blaze of light, in every word......
Au Revoir in peace.
Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies
Leonard Cohen, 1934 - 2016

We grew up in the same town, Montreal. And even though his age placed him more in my parents generation, he defined the youthful energy of Montreal in the 60's and 70's: respectfully contrary, with one foot in the old world and one in the new, sophisticated and urbane. This modest, gracious Jewish gentleman whose poems and songs tried to work through the paradoxes, the beautiful victories and the terrible defeats of life and love, taught us what it was to be cool.

He came backstage after one of our shows in LA in the late 80's with the most strikingly beautiful woman on his arm. The next day at our show, somewhere down the coast, two dozen yellow roses showed up with a note; “Thank you for your music and hospitality – Leonard”. Many years later he sat in the first balcony at Massey Hall where, along with our peers and contemporaries, we saluted him in song. But my favourite memory takes place outside a concert hall in Vancouver after he had just been inducted in to the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame. My wife and I were trying to hail a cab. Beside us was a dapper looking older man (he would have been close to my current age) standing alone, waiting for a cab or his car. It was Leonard Cohen. I went up to him and introduced myself. He held my hand for an extra beat and slowly intoned, “cooool band”. So long Leonard, you taught us well. - mike
Neil Giraldo
the poet..the genius...........brilliant and amazing talent ...aspiring songwriters listen to every one of his songs and study.......or anyone who wants another view and expose their fragile heart and see how it ticks... as the words to his song...." im your man"...And I'd howl at your beauty like a dog in heat
And I'd claw at your heart, and I'd tear at your sheet
I'd say please (please)
I'm your man..R.I.P. Mr Cohen.....
Donovan and Linda Leitch
I join the many tributes today for the passing on of the Great Poet Leonard Cohen.

Leonard once said he would be remembered only as a minor Poet of the Mid Twentieth Century. This is characteristic of Leonard’s understated humour. Leonard is a major Poet and we hail his body of work this day!

Last October just passed I was in Berkley California at the home studio of our friend Mandy Aftel, admiring a painting of Leonards, a recent gift to Mandy from Leonard. The gift in praise of Mandy’s Natural Fragrance blending, which Leonard loved to wear.

In the London of the Sixties, Leonards first album was ‘de rigueur' in every young artistic girl and boys flat.

I stayed at Leonard’s Greek house on Hydra one summer and knew that Leonard was from the Classical Poetic Tradition, with a special love of the work of the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca.
Thank you Leonard for being a champion of Poetry and encouraging all Poets to excel in this Dark Age of Unreason and Uncertainty!

Donovan & Linda Leitch
Tom Jones
The immortal Leonard Cohen, Thank You, RIP.
Mark Knopfler
"So sad to hear of the passing of Leonard Cohen - thank you for so many years of music and for your enormous contribution to the world of song." MK
Beth Orton
So long dear Leonard. The poetic timing of your departure is not lost

Leonard Cohen dying this week is a grief I can process. His leaving makes perfect sense when so little else does. One last poetic statement. A full stop. He is our spiritual leader and one I can follow. In his death he feels closer than ever. He embodies love and kindness, peace and power. His voice has always been the salve for my broken spirit. His final act of kindness was to be present by his passing this week when we need a voice of reason in the face of mounting insanity and confusion. To remind us of the beauty that exists along side the imperfection in this world. I am eternally grateful for his existence and his music. He has always resonated on the astral and the earthly planes. Now more so than ever. Beautiful man... you will be deeply and endlessly missed and you will always be with us
Tom Cochrane
The passing of a great inspiration to me. May you rest in eternal peace #leonardcohen
Nick Cave
For many of us Leonard Cohen was the greatest songwriter of them all. Utterly unique and impossible to imitate no matter how hard we tried. He will be deeply missed by so many. - Nick Cave
Dave Davies
rest in peace Leonard Cohen an inspirational poet will be missed
Neil Finn
Very sad news Leonard Cohen is gone . He was a true visionary and a great inspiration, how to grow old as an artist.
- Neil Finn (via Twitter)
Mike Love
I am saddened to hear the passing of Leonard Cohen. I'm a great admirer of his art. In fact, the album that contained the single "Suzanne" was one of my favorite and most cherished albums. His unique artistry will forever be part of the most treasured originals. He was and will always be a true inspiration to so many of us. Tonight in Victoria BC, we will dedicate "Good Vibrations" to him.
RIP Leonard,
Mike Love
Yusuf / Cat Stevens
The fragileness of life has been once again exposed with the passing on of Leonard Cohen. He was a master of the depths of human subtlty and heart-bled loves and passions. Under the dark grey suit and gravely voice brewed a torrent of emotive storms which would blow any lesser tightrope walker away. We'll miss his challenging endurance but all who pass this way must inevitibly follow the same equalising rules of life and death. May God grant him peace...forever.
Bob Geldof
A couple of years ago in Dublin (Rats gig) I was talking to Bob and a fellow fan. Gwen was relaying a story that someone had posted about Bob attending a gig and leaving after a few songs. They discussed this person and his music. I had never taken much notice, but they were both so incredibly enthusiastic and in awe, I had to go home and listen. I was taken within seconds. Bob and Gwen recommended some albums to start with. I ignored that and bought the box set of all the studio works and the live albums.

That person was the legend Leonard Cohen. I am thankful to Bob and Gwen for giving me his music. One of the greatest gifts I've ever had. RIP Mr Leonard Cohen.
Garland Jeffries
Goodbye Leonard Cohen. One of the truly great greats.
Courtney Love
Goodbye old friend, demon cleanser, touchstone, my inspiration on everything I have ever done - I am crying for you tonight in your native land. I want to know you're happy where you've landed and save me a spot next to you please.(and Kurt) I love you Leonard. I love you so much. I'm sorry I never got to tell you. Rest in peace and exultation. Xxxxx
Barenaked Ladies
One of my favourite lyrics in any song by anybody. It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah.
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. Eternal Rest. . .
John Cale
'this is very upsetting news to learn of Leonard's passing. the world has one less gentle soul tonight. we thank you for the multitude of gifts you left us.' xx john cale
Mary Chapin Carpenter
"...and you want to travel with him, and you want to travel blind..." poet, maestro, mystic • thank you #LeonardCohen
Janis Ian
The best of us is gone. RIP, Leonard Cohen, il miglior fabbro.
Dave Stewart
So Long Brother #leonardcohen R.I.P #poet #lover #spirit
Joan Baez
Bless Leonard Cohen. I met him in 1961, a mysterious, dark and gloomy, gifted songwriter, in the lobby of the notorious, dingy 60s-atmospheric pot and poetry Chelsea Hotel. Someone was throwing up in the phone booth. I was a newbie to it all.

Over the decades, from the Village to the stage to the seclusion of a monastery, to his own seclusion, he gave us much of his wisdom and beauty in magnificent poetry and song.

Leo Sayer
I didn't want it this dark....

R.I.P. GREAT MAN, thanks for the inspiration, and making that final album in the nick of time....
Brian May

Another sad loss to music this year.
Suzanne Vega
Omg Leonard Cohen is gone

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