Leonard Cohen Dead at 82 — Watch TV's Top 'Hallelujah' Moments

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Singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, whose “Hallelujah” became the soundtrack for some of TV’s most poignant moments, has died.

“We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries,” his official Facebook page, which confirmed the death, posted on Thursday. Cohen was 82.

Cohen wrote many songs in his career — including “Nevermind,” which served as True Detective‘s Season 2 theme song — but likely is best known to TV viewers as the man behind the mournful ballad “Hallelujah,” which became the small-screen’s go-to shorthand for poignant and/or sad moments.

If you’re not 100 percent sure about whether you’ve heard the song in question, here’s a quick refresher. It played during crucial moments in The West Wing

… and when Marissa died on The O.C.

… and in a Season 5 episode of One Tree Hill

… and on American Idol

… and So You Think You Can Dance


… and Dancing With the Stars

… as well as in this year’s Oscar’s In Memoriam segment and episodes of General HospitalUgly BettyBlue Bloods… the list goes on and on.


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