Kate McKinnon opened last night’s Saturday Night Live (November 12) in character as Hillary Clinton, covering Leonard Cohen.
The actor sat at a grand piano in the middle of the stage and played ‘Hallelujah’. As her rendition finished, she turned to the camera and said: “I’m not giving up and neither should you.”
Watch the performance below, via Pitchfork.
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The show also featured musical guests A Tribe Called Quest, who released ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’, their first album in 18 years, on Friday (November 11). Dave Chappelle was the episode’s guest host.
News of Leonard Cohen’s death broke early on Friday morning. He was 82.
The news of the legendary musician and poet’s death was confirmed via 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.”
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It has been reported by Cohen’s well-informed message board that the star passed away on Monday and has already been buried. “It is with great sadness that we must report Leonard passed away on Monday, November 7. As was his wish, he was buried in a quiet and private ceremony in Montreal,” one user claims.
Cohen’s son Adam has 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.”