The outpouring of love and affection that has followed Leonard Cohen’s death did not go unnoticed by the late singer’s son, who thanked the public in an online message.
“Thank you for your kind messages, for the outpouring of sympathy and for your love of my father,” Adam Cohen wrote in a statement posted Sunday on Facebook and Instagram.
The family had followed the legendary musician’s wishes for an intimate Montreal service, Cohen said.
“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,” Cohen wrote.
Leonard Cohen died in his home in Los Angeles last week at the age of 82.
He was laid to rest on Thursday beside his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents after a traditional Jewish service conducted by the Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Westmount, Que., according to a statement released by the congregation’s rabbi the next day.
In his statement, Adam Cohen paid tribute to his father’s “unique blend of self-deprecation and dignity” as well as his charisma, gentlemanliness and his vast body of work.
“There’s so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time,” the statement 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 humour.”
Cohen, who worked on his father’s final album, also thanked him for the “privilege” of making music with him.
The news of Cohen’s death prompted an avalanche of grief and condolence messages from politicians, artists, musicians, and fans.
Many took to social media to quote lyrics from his vast catalogue of songs that included “Hallelujah,” “Dance Me To The End of Love” and “Suzanne.”
Since his death, a steady stream of visitors have been stopping by his house in Montreal to lay flowers, candles and even a fedora at an impromptu memorial on the doorstep.
Montreal’s mayor announced on Saturday that a concert will be organized in Cohen’s honour in the coming weeks, and a book of condolences was made available to sign at the city’s main library.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard also said he was looking into ways to commemorate the Montreal-born artist.