Leonard Cohen dead: Fans mourn singer at makeshift memorials
While celebrities continue to mourn the death of Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, his lesser known fans are grieving in their own way. Photos capture fans singing his songs at a candelight vigil in Canada, while others at The Chelsea Hotel in New York City created a special makeshift memorial.
According to Canadian news outlet CTV, more than 100 people gathered in the city on Thursday night just outside Cohen’s Montreal home. Illuminated by streetlights and candlelights, the tearful fans placed flowers at his doorstep and sang tunes from his songbook.
One fan linked the emotional response to Donald Trump winning the election in the U.S., while another was reported as saying, “I would really have liked to tell [Cohen] thank you for what you did.”
Watch CTV’s report and additional photos below.
Cohen’s passing was announced Thursday on the singer’s Facebook page. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” a statement read. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.”
In New York City, a makeshift memorial formed at The Chelsea Hotel, which Cohen honored with his song “Chelsea’s Hotel No. 2.” While the hotel has been under construction for years, it’s open to the public. Red wine, flowers, candles, and notes were found at the scene.
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