Cohen passed away on Monday (November 7), with news of his death being announced publicly yesterday. His son Adam told Rolling Stone that his father died peacefully at home “with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records. He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humour.”
As Consequence of Sound reports, Martin took time during the band’s encore last night to pay tribute to the late Cohen by performing the latter’s debut single ‘Suzanne’, which featured on his 1967 album ‘Songs of Leonard Cohen’. Performing solo at his piano, Martin then declared that he was “sending my love to Mr. Leonard Cohen for those amazing songs, you changed my life” at the conclusion of the cover.
Watch fan-shot footage of Chris Martin’s cover of ‘Suzanne’ below.
Martin joins a whole raft of musicians who paid tribute to Cohen yesterday. Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler said of his fellow Canadian: “Seeing Leonard Cohen walking on St Laurent street [in Montreal] when I was 21 was enough to make me feel like I had a home”. Read more tributes to Cohen from the music world here.