Leonard Cohen's second cousin opens up about the icon's love of family and religion

Andrew Cohen on the sad but unsurprising news of his second cousin's recent death.
Canadian icon Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82. (AFP/Getty Images)

While Leonard Cohen's family was saddened by the news of his death, which was announced to the public yesterday, his family knew that time was coming. 

"When he penned that gorgeous note to Marianne last August and said, I will be joining you soon, we knew and we weren't surprised by his passing yesterday," Cohen's second cousin Andrew says in an interview today. 

Andrew admits to not being terribly close with Leonard but notes that his dad built a close relationship with the Canadian songwriter. "Leonard loved relationships," he explains. "Yes, we see a life in which the word 'broken' comes up over and over again [...] but it was never broken with his family." 


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