Leonard Cohen's Son Pens Moving Note to Late Father, Wishes to Thank Him 'One Last Time'
By Alex Ungerman
Leonard Cohen's son would like to thank his father.
Adam Cohen, the son of the iconic singer-songwriter, who died on Thursday at age 82, penned a thoughtful note on Saturday after laying him to rest.
"My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal. With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he’d asked," the son of the "Hallelujah" singer wrote on Facebook. "As I write this I’m thinking of my father’s unique blend of self-deprecation and dignity, his approachable elegance, his charisma without audacity, his old-world gentlemanliness and the hand-forged tower of his work."
"There’s so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time," he continued. "I’d thank him for the comfort he always provided, for the wisdom he dispensed, for the marathon conversations, for his dazzling wit and humor. I’d thank him for giving me, and teaching me to love Montreal and Greece. And I’d thank him for music; first for his music which seduced me as a boy, then for his encouragement of my own music, and finally for the privilege of being able to make music with him."
"Thank you for your kind messages, for the outpouring of sympathy and for your love of my father," Adam wrote to Leonard's followers at the conclusion of the note.
Many stars paid tribute to the Canadian singer after his death, including Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon, who performed a touching rendition of "Hallelujah," while in character as Hillary Clinton, in the first episode since last Tuesday's shocking presidential election.