“There was just nobody like him,” Matthew Broderick told Variety at the “Rules Don’t Apply” premiere Thursday evening. “He was the most unique singer, songwriter, and performer. His passing is just a big loss.”
“I’m just a huge fan,” added Broderick’s wife and actress, Sarah Jessica Parker. “I have so much of his music on my iPod. He will be missed.”
In a lengthy statement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Cohen — a native Montrealer — “one of the most influential and enduring musicians ever.”
Trudeau added: “Leonard Cohen managed to reach the highest of artistic achievement, both as an acclaimed poet and a world-renowned singer-songwriter. He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humor and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favorite of so many generations.”
Others took to Twitter to express their condolences and thanks.
Tom Jones included Cohen’s performance of “Tower of Song,” adding “Thank You, RIP.”
James Bay said, “Very sad news about Mr Leonard Cohen. One of the most important artists and lyricists, RIP.”
“#RIPLeonardCohen,” Justin Timberlake posted. “A spirit and soul beyond compare.”
“RIP Leonard Cohen,” Thank you for your enormous talent.
Another stage star, Elaine Paige, wrote, “Another light of genius has gone out. He’s now singing with the ‘midnight choir’ like ‘a bird on the wire’ RIP
#LeonardCohen U’ll be missed.”
Sarah Silverman wrote, “RIP Leonard Cohen. Ugh. It feels pointed, this death. It’s making us remember songs like Come Healing which is a good one for these days.”
#RIP Leonard Cohen, a true artist whose use of music and lyrics allowed us to ponder humanity and become interested in life in new ways,” Leven Rambin wrote.
Actor Antonio Banderas called Cohen “a great poet.”
“Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling quoted one of his lyrics from “Anthem.” “There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.”
Cohen’s funeral was held Thursday afternoon in Montreal, at the Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery on the slopes of Mount Royal. Per his wishes, the singer was laid to rest in a traditional Jewish rite in a family plot.