Last Friday, to wrap up one of the most catastrophically shit weeks of 2016, news of Leonardo Cohen’s death was shared with the world. The iconic singer, poet and novelist had apparently passed away days earlier on November 7, with his family issuing a public announcement on November 11. “My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal,” confirmed Cohen’s son in a Facebook post. “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.”
One person, of many, to share their sadness about the Canadian icon’s death is Lana Del Rey. In a moving tribute, the singer posted a lo-fi video of her covering “Chelsea Hotel #2” – a track taken from Cohen’s 1974 album, New Skin For The Old Ceremony. The original song was written by the artist as a tribute to Janis Joplin, and reportedly references a night they once spent together.
“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t kind of break my heart that I never got to tell you how much you changed me,” Del Rey wrote in the caption. “Not that it would’ve mattered to ya, it’s just that other than Bob and Joan you were the only person I ever really felt spoke my language.”
“I love you as a real fan and I always looked for a little bit of you in all of my future friends. God bless.”