MONTREAL, Canada — Leonard Cohen, who died Monday in Los Angeles, was buried three days later in Montreal alongside his family, local media reported on Friday citing the Jewish congregation Shaar Hashomayim.
“Hineni, hineni, My Lord” (here I am Lord in Hebrew) and other lyrics to the song “You want it Darker” from his latest album released in September were spoken in lieu of a prayer for the poet and musician during a traditional Jewish memorial service.
He was later buried at Jewish Shaar Hashomayim cemetery on the slopes of Mount Royal in his hometown of Montreal, “beside his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents,” in accordance with his wishes, rabbi Adam Scheier was quoted as saying by La Presse.
The statement went on to note that Cohen had maintained “a lifelong spiritual, musical, and familial connection to the synagogue of his youth.”
The announcement of his death was made after his burial, which was reportedly attended by his close friends and family.