Monday, November 21, 2016

Leonard Cohen, musician, 1934-2016

Jennifer Abele
Staff Writer

The famous Canadian writer, poet, and songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away peacefully on Nov. 7, 2016 at 82 years old. He died peacefully in his sleep after falling in his Los Angeles home earlier in the day. He was surrounded by his family at his Los Angeles home. He requested to be buried in Montreal in his family plot surrounded by his ancestors. He also requested to have a traditional Jewish funeral and be buried in a casket because cremation is forbidden. Flowers are usually reserved for heroes’ and statesmen’ in a traditional Jewish funeral. His last requests were obeyed. His 15 closest friends and family showed up for the funeral in Montreal.
  Cohen started his writing career in the 1950s, writing poetry and novels for two decades. He launched his music career in 1967. Then he picked up his notebook and pen in 2001, releasing another album in 2004. His tours from 2008 to 2010 were very successful, He also released two albums. His last album was You Want it Darker in 2016. Leonard Cohen is most well-known for his famous song Hallelujah, written and recorded in 1984. It became famous by Jeff Buckley’s cover, which was released in 1994.

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