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Tuesday 20 March 2018

I wish I could thank him just one last time, says Leonard Cohen's son

Leonard Cohen died at his home in Los Angeles on November 7 at 82.
Leonard Cohen died at his home in Los Angeles on November 7 at 82.

Leonard Cohen's son has said he wishes he could thank his father "just one last time" in an emotional tribute following the singer-songwriter's death.

The Canadian artist died at his home in Los Angeles on November 7, with his death being confirmed four days later by his family.

In a Facebook post, Cohen's son Adam said the 82-year-old had been buried in private in Montreal alongside his parents.

He wrote: "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.

"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."

Cohen's death came just weeks after he said he was "ready to die" in an interview.

He released his 14th and final studio album, You Want It Darker, in October, which included lyrics such as "I'm leaving the table / I'm out of the game."

In the Facebook post, Adam added: "There's so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time.

"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."

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