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  1. We are now departed and gone

    Leonard Cohen

    The weekend is here and we're off to make the most of it.  We think Leonard Cohen would approve.

    Before we go here's one final video looking back on the songs and life of the man nicknamed - rather unfairly judging by the warm tributes to him - 'The Godfather of Gloom'.

    Thanks for getting involved with #YourLeonardCohenLyric today.  We'll finish with some more of your entries below mixed in with a final few celeb tributes from Elton John, Lily Allen and Nick Cave (scroll down for more from the likes of Russel Crowe, JK Rowling and Boy George).

    Sorry if we missed your tweet out on here but it seems that Leonard was a popular man!

    Farewell friends.

    Leonard Cohen

    Paul Baker of Stenning, West Sussex, works for a company that arranges world tours and met Leonard in Denmark.

    He said: "I'm really sad to hear the news. I joined him for three sectors of his world tour in 2012.  You could not wish to meet a kinder, gentler and funnier man.

    Quote Message: He had time for everyone, the fans waiting outside the hotel and the people at the airport. He was kind and polite beyond belief. He did not do 'celebrity'. A true gentleman in every way."


    Heidi Gaetanoon Facebook offers:

    "All men will be sailors then, until the sea shall set them free.." 

    Marco Cavagna goes for the opening track from his newest album:

    "If you are the dealer, I'm out of the game

    If you are the healer, it means I'm broken and lame

    If thine is the glory then mine must be the shame

    You want it darker"

  2. 'I've always been able to do what I wanted to do'

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    Stars have been lining up to pay tribute to Leonard Cohen with Sir Elton John calling him "a giant of a man and a brilliant songwriter".

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    But his ability to stay humble shone through in every interview, here he is talking to Radio 2's Steve Wright in 2007.

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    Video caption: Leonard Cohen and Anjani, on Steve Wright In The Afternoon in April 2007.
  3. Six of the best Leonard Cohen covers

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    If you've been with us all day you've probably already heard Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah, Alexandra Burke's "Whitney-esque" re-working of the same song on The X Factor and The Last Shadow Puppets sprawling live version of Is This What You Wanted?

    But there have been plenty more attempts at covering Mr Cohen down the years by a host of different major artists.

    Of course Lana Del Del Rey has had a pop.  Why wouldn't she?  But have you heard Nina Simone cover Cohen's Suzanne?  And what about REM?

    Well our music reporter Mark Savage has got six of the best Leonard Cohen covers for you here.

  4. Leonard Cohen was 'inspirational person' say his backing singers

    Kent-based musical duo The Webb Sisters, comprised of siblings Charley and Hattie Webb, were first asked to perform as backing singers for Leonard Cohen when he toured in 2008 and went on to continue playing live with him until 2013.

    They said his nickname of 'The Godfather of Gloom' couldn't be farther from the truth.

    "He was always the first to make an unexpected hilarious joke," they told BBC News.

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    Video caption: Webb Sisters
  5. Is This What You Wanted?

    The Last Shadow Puppets

    Leonard has plenty of uber-fans in high musical places it seems.

    Alex Turner and Miles Kane aka The Last Shadow Puppets certainly fit that description.

    Here they are covering Cohen's Is This What You Wanted from his 1974 album New Skin for the Old Ceremony, in front of a rather giddy (shall we say) Dublin crowd this summer.

  6. Leonard Cohen at the BBC

    Leonard Cohen

    Now for your audio-visual pleasure, BBC Music has pulled together a selection of performances, interviews and reflections on the man himself for you to feast your ears and eyeballs on below.

    Leonard Cohen at the BBC.

    Further to that they've made a playlist of LC tunes that have gone out on BBC Radio today in tribute.

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    Aren't they good to us?

    That's a lot of the weekend's listening/viewing sorted already then...enjoy.

  7. Cohen on his songwriting

    Songwriting was a personal and involved art for Leonard Cohen and Hallelujah took him three years and 70 drafts to complete.

    Here he is in 2012, on his studious approach to songwriting.

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    Video caption: Leonard Cohen on his studious approach to songwriting
  8. Get Involved: Your favourite Leonard lyric

    Here's some more of your favourite lyrical moments from the late great Leonard now.

    Starting with Jeffrey Peeters on Facebook, who offers this line below from First We Take Manhattan.

    Quote Message: They sentenced me to 20 years of boredom For trying to fight the system within."

    Get Involved like the guys and girls below using the hashtag #bbcmusic and #YourLeonardCohenLyric.

  9. 'Hallelujah was nearly never released' says producer

    It's a song that has been covered no fewer than 500 times but Hallelujah producer John Lissauer tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the record company thought "it was un-releasable".

    "They (Columbia) hated it and they didn't release it and it ended my career as a record producer at the time with their artists."

    Amazing judgement there guys.

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    Video caption: Hallelujah producer on the Leonard Cohen album that almost didn't get released
  10. Get Involved: Favourite Leonard lyric

    We asked you for your fave Leonard lyrics and of course you didn't disappoint.

    Can anyone beat these ones below?  Do so via Get Involved above and #BBCMusic.

    Warning, some pretty dark, heavy themes in here.  But then you already knew that...

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  11. Songwriter Frank Turner praises 'intimidating' Cohen

    Leonard Cohen as "almost too great", singer Frank Turner has said.

    Speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire show earlier, Frank - who regularly performs a cover version of Leonard's Chelsea Hotel at live shows - called him the "old testament of songwriters".

    Watch below.

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    Video caption: Singer Frank Turner praises song writing of Leonard Cohen
  12. Burke v Buckley v Cohen - the chart battle

    Alexandra Burke

    Alexandra Burke and music journalist Alan Light remember how three different versions of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah came to chart in the UK at the same time.

    The X Factor star had a Christmas number one in 2008 with her cover, which was her first single after winning the reality show.

    But a backlash from fans of Jeff Buckley saw his version rise to number two in the charts and the debate then sparked a return to the hit parade for Leonard's original.

    We know which version we prefer...what about you?

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    Video caption: How did three versions of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah come to chart simultaneously?
  13. Dear Leonard Cohen, thanks for the truth

    Leonard Cohen

    Here's some more reaction now to the news of Leonard Cohen's death from some very high-profile names in the world of showbiz and music.

    Starting with Gladiator himself...

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  14. Get Involved: Favourite Leonard lyric

    In honour of the man we want to know what your favourite Leonard lyric is?

    Do so by hitting Get Involved above and via @BBCMusic

    We'll propose this one for starters from the track Everybody Knows, from his 1988 album I'm Your Man.

    Quote Message: Everybody knows you've been discreet But there were so many people you just had to meet Without your clothes...and everybody knows."

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  15. Watch John Cale and Jeff Buckley cover Hallelujah

    As we previously mentioned, the song Hallelujah was arguably Leonard Cohen's most famous song.

    Here are two covers from the Velvet Underground's John Cale on Later with Jools for the BBC in 1992 and from a love show in Chicago, the late Jeff Buckley.

    Both very different, both equally beautiful:

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    Video caption: John Cale performs Hallelujah on Later... with Jools Holland in November 1992.
  16. Canadian singer Leonard Cohen dies aged 82

    Leonard Cohen

    Good morning.

    We begin today with the sad news that Canadian singer Leonard Cohen has died aged 82.

    The news was announced on his official Facebook page, but no details about the cause of death were given.

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes.

    "It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen," Mr Trudeau said in a statement.

    Quote Message: "He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations."
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    The singer, whose song Hallelujah was covered by artists as varied as Jeff Buckley,Bob Dylan K.D. Lang and Bon Jovi - released his final album You Want it Darker only last month and his son Adam told Rolling Stone: "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.

    Quote Message: "He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humour."
    Leonard Cohen

    A memorial for Cohen will take place in Los Angeles at a later date, the Facebook announcement added.

    Read the full news story here.

    The reaction on social media proves the crooner was much-loved and respected by his fellow musicians and beyond.

    We'll have more throughout the day but here's a selection of tributes.

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