Celebrities React: Leonard Cohen Dead At 82
Celebrities are reacting to the death of Leonard Cohen. See stars’ reaction tweets and tributes below.
Cohen died on Thursday at age 82, it was announced on his verified Facebook page. The posted statement reads, “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. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.”
A beloved singer and songwriter, his 1984 track “Hallelujah” has become one of music’s most iconic and enduring songs. The musician was also well known for writing novels and poetry, much of which has been considered influential and inspirational. His most recent work, the album You Want It Darker, came out just last month.
The news of his passing quickly prompted “Leonard Cohen” to become a trending topic on Twitter. There, Jamie Lee Curtis urged, “Listen to Jeff Buckley sing Hallelujah by the late, great Leonard Cohen. #poetryemotion.” John Stamos retweeted the message, noting, “Perfect song.” Lin-Manuel Miranda quoted lyrics from a different song, sharing, “Like a bird on the wire/Like a drunk in a midnight choir/I have tried, in my way, to be free.”
“Leonard Cohen dying is so goddamned symbolic right now. You just don’t let up, do you 2016?” posted Patton Oswalt. Marc Maron remarked, “RIP Leonard Cohen. He got out just in time.” Michael Ian Black wrote, “Now Leonard Cohen is dead. This is taking the whole ‘I’m leaving if Trump wins’ thing too far.” Josh Gad said, “Of course 2016 would take #LeonardCohen. Of course. 2016, please go away. You have made your awful point. RIP to yet another great.”
Bette Midler commented, “Leonard Cohen has died. Another magical voice stilled.” Russell Crowe said, “Dear Leonard Cohen, thanks for the quiet nights, the reflection, the perspective, the wry smiles and the truth #towerofsong.” And k.d. lang posted, “Thank you Leonard Cohen. Swift rebirth my friend.”
“One of my favorite singer-poets. RIP,” tweeted Ron Howard. Rose McGowan wrote, “Thank you for your humanity, your words, your spirit. Your loved ones must hurt so tonight. My heart is with them & you in the stars.” Along with a crying emoji, Alanis Morissette simply posted, “leonard cohen.” Kiefer Sutherland stated, “A brilliant Canadian artist passed today. Leonard Cohen, rest in peace. Hallelujah.”
Justin Timberlake wrote on Twitter, “#RIPLeonardCohen A spirit and soul beyond compare.” Rob Lowe observed, “I’ve experienced the loss of many legends but never have I seen so many of their works quoted in their passing. #LeonardCohen.” On Instagram, Samantha Ronson posted one such quote, and wrote in the caption, “R.I.P. Leonard Cohen. The heartbreak continues. Looking for the light in this darkness….”
Also on Instagram, Moby wrote, “Dear God, no. The darkness just got so much darker. Such a beautiful man, such a beautiful soul. Please rest in peace, Leonard.” Sean Lennon wrote on there, “Leonard Cohen R.I.P. 2016 now officially one of the saddest years.” Back on Twitter, Emily Ratajkowski said, “Thank you for everything Leonard. You are an absolute inspiration.” Nina Garcia also tweeted, “‘Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act’ RIP Leonard Cohen.”
“As of the week could get any worse. Thank you Leonard Cohen, for all the things. Rest In Peace,” Lily Allen expressed. Rosario Dawson said, “RIP #LeonardCohen #Hallelujah Bless #JeffBuckley… So many greats left us their art… thank you! #Prince #DavidBowie.” John Cho posted, “Oh god, Leonard Cohen is gone.” Josh Groban recalled, “One of the best concerts of my life. Could hear a pin drop. The poetry & the reverence. Waiting for every precious word. RIP Leonard Cohen.”
Molly Ringwald said, “Leonard Cohen gone? I didn’t think this week could get any worse.” Krysten Ritter posted, “‘…it’s time that we began to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again’ RIP Leonard Cohen :(.” Dita Von Teese wrote on Instagram, “Sad to hear we’ve lost the great poet Leonard Cohen. I was such a huge fan. He had the most sensual male voice of all time. #leonardcohen.”
Alyssa Milano tweeted, “Rest In Peace, Leonard Cohen…” Sarah Silverman commented, “RIP Leonard Cohen. Ugh. It feels pointed, this death. It’s making us remember songs like Come Healing which is a good one for these days.” Johnny Knoxville wrote, “R.I.P. the great Leonard Cohen. #canwebedonewith2016.” Bob Saget simply said, “Rest In Peace, Leonard Cohen.” And Emily VanCamp posted, “RIP Leonard Cohen.. Your music has moved me, changed me and inspired my work since I can remember. Thank you.”
Samuel L. Jackson wrote on Twitter, “Taking a moment to listen to the mastery of Leonard Cohen. RIP Great One!” Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, also said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of GRAMMY® Award winner and 2010 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Leonard Cohen. During an influential career that spanned more than five decades, Leonard became one of the most revered pop poets and a musical touchstone for many songwriters. His extraordinary talent had a profound impact on countless singers and songwriters, as well as the wider culture. We have lost a cherished artist and our sincerest condolences go out to Leonard’s family, friends, and collaborators. He will be missed terribly.”
“RIP Leonard Cohen. Thank you for you dedication to music, & writing one of my favorite songs to sing ‘Hallelujah,” tweeted Jennifer Hudson, who shared a video of her own performance of the track. Those also sharing links to YouTube clips of Cohen’s music include Pamela Anderson and Jesse Williams. Gossip Cop extends condolences to all of the star’s family, friends and fans.