Leonard Cohen’s death is a cold and broken loss to the music world.
Cohen’s passing was announced Thursday evening through a statement on his Facebook page written by Sony Music Canada.
“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the post said. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.”
The Canadian native was a poetic lyricist best known for his iconic song, “Hallelujah.” Over the course of his career, Cohen released a total of 15 studio albums. He dropped his most recent record, You Want It Darker just last month.
Many inspired by the late artist, from J.K. Rowling and Justin Timberlake, took to Twitter to grieve and share their condolences.
We have lost a great songwriter… One capable of hypnotizing his listeners simply by the words from his mind and mouth. #LeonardCohen
— Gavin DeGraw (@GavinDeGraw) November 11, 2016
— Troian (@SleepintheGardn) November 11, 2016
RIP Leonard Cohen. Thank you for your enormous talent. #heartbroken
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) November 11, 2016
"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in" -Leonard Cohen, a personal hero, we need you now, but I guess you had to go.
— Avan Jogia (@AvanJogia) November 11, 2016
"There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in."
RIP Leonard Cohen.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 11, 2016
And now 2016 has taken the genius #LeonardCohen…his lyrics were beyond compare.
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) November 11, 2016
Leonard Cohen gone? I didn't think this week could get any worse.
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) November 11, 2016
— Pentatonix (@PTXofficial) November 11, 2016
Such sad news…The great Leonard Cohen has passed away. Thank's for what your music has done for humanity… Kindness, love, beauty, poetry
— Regina Spektor (@respektor) November 11, 2016
R.I.P. Leonard Cohen. Hallelujah to the bar of songwriting.
— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) November 11, 2016
leonard cohen ?
— Alanis Morissette (@Alanis) November 11, 2016
RIP Leonard Cohen. "I'll stand before the lord of song with nothing on my tongue but hallelujah."
— Nat & Alex Wolff (@natandalex) November 11, 2016
R.I.P Leonard Cohen. U are without a doubt one of the greatest songs writers of any generation. THANK YOU for your life. #RIPLeonard
— ONEREPUBLIC (@OneRepublic) November 11, 2016
An amazing songwriter left us today. ?. #LeonardCohen
— Echosmith (@echosmith) November 11, 2016
A spirit and soul beyond compare.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) November 11, 2016
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.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) November 11, 2016
RIP Leonard Cohen. Thank you for you dedication to music, & writing one of my favorite songs to sing "Hallelujah". https://t.co/JsTjNmmarC
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) November 11, 2016
Our thoughts are with Leonard’s family and friends during this difficult time. His memory will continue to live on through the beautiful lyrics he has crafted in which bring light to the deepest darkness.