Cohen, filling the hole where he once stood

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When Leonard Cohen died aged 82, to many it was like losing a gentle, wry and caring old uncle … somebody you could rely on, somebody who would always be there. Now there is a big hole where he once stood …

Here’s ten things people have had to say about him:

Sir Elton John   “a giant of a man and a brilliant songwriter”,

Russell Crowe   “the perspective, the wry smiles and the truth”.

Peter Gabriel   “unique voice painted unforgettable pictures”

Justin Timberlake   “a spirit and soul beyond compare”.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau   “managed to reach the highest of artistic achievement”.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu   “a great creator” and “a talented artist”.

Nick Cave,   “the greatest songwriter of them all – utterly unique and impossible to imitate, no matter how hard we tried”.

Neil Portnow, chief executive of the Recording Academy  “one of the most revered pop poets and a musical touchstone for many songwriters”.

BBC DJ Mark Radcliffe   “incredible to watch”

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