Justin Trudeau remembers Leonard Cohen: 'Canada and the world will miss him'
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid homage to Canadian singer, songwriter, and poet Leonard Cohen, who died this week at 82 years old.
“No other artist’s music felt or sounded like Leonard Cohen’s,” Trudeau tweeted late Thursday night. “Yet his work resonated across generations. Canada and the world will miss him.”
Trudeau’s statement follows dozens of tributes that have poured in from Canadian officials since Cohen’s death was announced on his Facebook page Thursday night.
Montreal mayor Denis Coderre tweeted, “Tonight we lost one of our greatest ambassador and icon Leonard Cohen. Flags will be half mass. My thoughts and prayers for family of Mr. Cohen.”
David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, wrote, “Leonard Cohen’s passing is a lost for us all. He was a unique voice and poet of our time, loved around the world. Thoughts with the family.”
Though Cohen did not live his entire life in Canada, the “Hallelujah” singer was born in 1934 in Quebec and studied at Montreal’s McGill University. His musical success, though, did not come to fruition until he moved to New York City in the ’60s. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, debuted to acclaim in 1967.
Cohen’s death comes just weeks after the release of his 14th studio album You Want It Darker, that features songs and lyrics revealing the artist grappling with his own mortality. In an interview with the New Yorker a month before his death, Cohen said, “I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”