Leonard Cohen dead: Music world reacts to singer's death

Carole King, Justin Timberlake, Arcade Fire and more have shared touching tributes

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Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82 sparking an outpouring of tributes from across the world of music.

In a powerful profile interview with The New Yorker back in October, Cohen may have stated he was "ready to die" but the world wasn't ready for him to leave us just yet.

The Canadian singer-songwriter - who released his fourteenth and final album just last month - had a career that spanned five decades, inspiring people as one of the greatest lyricists of our time.

You can read just a handful of some of the moving tributes below.


Carole King, Regina Spektor and Justin Timberlake posted messages on their Twitter pages, as did Cohen's fellow Canadian native Alanis Morisette.


Elsewhere, Hamilton's Lin Manuel-Miranda, Bastille and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler - whose band bases themselves in Cohen's home city of Montreal - also posted messages with the latter stating: Next year can only be better."

Back in July, Cohen wrote a touching final letter to his muse, lover and friend Marianne Ihlen upon hearing that she was dying. In it, he told her “we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon.” You can read the full letter here.

Cohen's final two records were Popular Problems and You Want It Darker which he released in October.

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