Published Nov 11, 2016While last night (November 10) we were met with the devastating news that Leonard Cohen had passed away, few details about his death were revealed. We now know, however, that Cohen in fact died on Monday (November 7).
Despite the news of his death only just being announced publicly, the Canadian legend passed away at 82 early in the week, a Sony rep confirmed to Billboard. Cohen was also reportedly already buried yesterday.
Cohen's Montreal congregation, Shaar Hashomayim, stated, "Leonard's wish was to be laid to rest in a traditional Jewish rite beside his parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents."
The full statement released by the congregation reads:
'Magnified, sanctified be Thy holy name.' These are the words of Kaddish, the Jewish prayer of memory, that were recited at Eliezer/Leonard Cohen's graveside on Thursday, November 10. Leonard's wish was to be laid to rest in a traditional Jewish rite beside his parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Leonard was a beloved and revered member of Shaar Hashomayim and he maintained a lifelong spiritual, musical, and familial connection to the synagogue of his youth. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May his memory be a blessing to all.
Of course, Cohen's death has hit many hard, and you can read some of the reactions from across the web over here. You can also listen to Cohen's final interview here, while you can learn about his storied life and history via Exclaim!'s Timeline on the artist.
Pick up a copy of The Songs of Leonard Cohen via Umusic.