Leonard Co­hen was in ‘deep pain’ caused by can­cer be­fore he died

Kuwait Times - - WEEKENDER -

The ‘Hur­ri­cane’ hit­maker passed away at the age of 82, and al­though no ex­act date and cause of death has been con­firmed, it has been claimed that the iconic mu­si­cian was suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease and had been phys­i­cally de­bil­i­tated by the ill­ness. David Rem­nick - who in­ter­viewed Co­hen in the sum­mer for The New Yorker mag­a­zine said dur­ing The New Yorker Ra­dio Hour on Thurs­day (10.11.16): “When I vis­ited Co­hen in Los An­ge­les he was suf­fer­ing from can­cer al­though he was keep­ing that very pri­vate. He was in deep pain from com­pres­sion frac­tures in his spine and he had to sit in a big blue med­i­cal chair to ease that pain. “He was very thin al­ready. Maybe 105, 110lbs. But I’ve got to say he was in an ebul­lient mood for a man who knew where life was tak­ing him and he was headed there in a hurry. And at the same time, he was in­cred­i­bly gra­cious. The most gra­cious host this side of my mother.” The news comes af­ter his pass­ing was an­nounced on the Face­book page of the ‘Hal­lelu­jah’ hit­maker. The post on the so­cial media site read: “It is with pro­found sor­row we re­port that leg­endary poet, song­writer and artist, Leonard Co­hen has passed away. We have lost one of mu­sic’s most revered and pro­lific vi­sion­ar­ies.” Co­hen - who re­leased his final al­bum, ‘You Want It Darker’ last month passed away “with the knowl­edge that he had com­pleted what he felt was one of his great­est records”, ac­cord­ing to his son Adam. Adam said: “My fa­ther passed away peace­fully at his home in Los An­ge­les with the knowl­edge that he had com­pleted what he felt was one of his great­est records. Un­matched in his cre­ativ­ity, in­sight and crip­pling can­dour, Leonard Co­hen was a true vi­sion­ary whose voice will be sorely missed. He was writ­ing up un­til his last mo­ments with his unique brand of hu­mor.”

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