Wainwright has a child with Cohen's daughter, Lorca

Rufus Wainwright has paid tribute to Leonard Cohen with an emotional written piece and a new cover of ‘Hallelujah’.

Wainwright has a familial connection to Cohen, who died aged 82 on Monday (November 7), after he fathered a child with Cohen’s daughter Lorca in 2011. Wainwright also released a commercially-successful cover of Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, which became popular after being featured on the soundtrack of Shrek in 2001.

Wainwright posted a tribute to Cohen following the announcement of his death early on Friday morning (November 11) that detailed his relationship with the late artist.

“I had very few deeply personal experiences with Leonard, enough to count on one and a half hands: a tiny little sparkling horse (horses are measured in hands),” Wainwright wrote. “Like for most of us, for me he dwelled in a higher strata inhabited by some living but mostly passed icons who seemed to have this direct line to the galaxy, whilst at the same time knowing exactly when to take out the trash. Formidable in both the sacred and the mundane.

“But fortunately I now covet these few personal moments, I’m pretty sure it’s about 7 in total (a sacred number of course!),” he continued. “And credit them with grabbing hold and shifting the direction of the restless path my life has always taken. It was never a fundamental shift, just a kind yet brutally strong nudge towards where I really ought to be heading.

“I would have liked to have had more time to ask him more questions, and certainly now in this pathetic dinghy, adrift in a violent sea, we all need help in maneuvering a truly busted rudder through a series of magnificent typhoons. But it’s ok, it’s all in the music. Farewell Leonard, we need you now up there as much as we did down here. Love always, Rufus.”

As well as the written tribute, Wainwright included footage of his recent performance of ‘Hallelujah’ from his gig in Mesa, AZ on Thursday (November 10). See the full post below.

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This video is from the show in Mesa, AZ on Thursday night. I had very few deeply personal experiences with Leonard, enough to count on one and a half hands: a tiny little sparkling horse (horses are measured in hands).

Back in June, Wainwright performed ‘Hallelujah’ with a 1,500-strong choir during a show in Toronto.