Leonard Cohen’s son Adam thanks his late father “for music” in online tribute

The veteran musician passed away on Monday (November 7), aged 82

Leonard Cohen‘s son Adam has issued an online tribute to his late father.

Cohen passed away on Monday (November 7) with the news made public early Friday morning, the day after his private funeral took place in Montréal.

Posting on his Facebook account, Adam Cohen – himself a musician, who last released the album ‘We Go Home’ in 2014 – paid an emotional tribute to his father early this morning (November 12), drawing on the lessons and wisdom Leonard had taught him.


“My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal,” Cohen wrote. “With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he’d asked.

“As I write this I’m thinking of my father’s unique blend of self-deprecation and dignity, his approachable elegance, his charisma without audacity, his old-world gentlemanliness and the hand-forged tower of his work. There’s so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time. I’d thank him for the comfort he always provided, for the wisdom he dispensed, for the marathon conversations, for his dazzling wit and humor. I’d thank him for giving me, and teaching me to love Montreal and Greece.

“And I’d thank him for music,” Cohen continued. “First for his music which seduced me as a boy, then for his encouragement of my own music, and finally for the privilege of being able to make music with him. Thank you for your kind messages, for the outpouring of sympathy and for your love of my father.”

See the full post below.

My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal. With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was…

Posted by Adam Cohen on Saturday, November 12, 2016

Read more: Leonard Cohen, 1934-2016 – The NME Obituary


Coldplay‘s Chris Martin added to the tributes from the music world that have flooded in since Cohen’s passing was announced, with the frontman performing a cover of Cohen’s ‘Suzanne’ during the band’s gig at the London Palladium on Friday night (November 11).