Fans are leaving tributes to the late singer-songwriter at the iconic Manhattan hostelry.
A makeshift memorial to the late Leonard Cohen has appeared at New York City’s famous Hotel Chelsea.
The singer-songwriter immortalised the iconic Manhattan hostelry, a haven for musicians, artists and authors over the decades, in his 1974 song ‘Chelsea Hotel #2’.
In the song, he recalls a sexual encounter in one of the hotel’s bedrooms that leaves a lasting impression of him. He later revealed that he had written the song about Janis Joplin.
Since news of his death broke this morning (November 11), fans have left flowers, handwritten notes and pictures outside the hotel in Cohen’s memory. One has even poured a glass of wine in his honour.
Earlier today, it was announced that the ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Suzanne’ icon had passed away, aged 82.
The news of the late musician and poet’s death was confirmed on his official Facebook page. The post 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.”
Since then, artists including Rage Against The Machine, Arcade Fire and John Cale have shared their tributes and memories of the musician.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also paid his respects to Cohen, who was born in Westmount, Quebec.
Cohen released his 14th album, ‘You Want It Darker’, on October 21. It was the iconic artist’s third LP in six years, having not released a record for eight years prior to that.