The beloved songwriter and poet was laid to rest beside his parents and grandparents following his death on Monday (07Nov16). News of the Hallelujah singer's death wasn't reported until Thursday, following his burial.

A spokesman for the Congregation Shaar Hashomayim synagogue in Quebec, where the 82-year-old music icon was laid to rest, released a statement confirming the musician's burial.

Hours after news broke of his death Wainwright took to the stage in Mesa, Arizona, and sang an emotional rendition of Cohen's biggest hit, Hallelujah.

The 1984 track has been covered by various artists over the years, including Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Jeff Buckley and Wainwright himself.

"I promised a couple of months ago that I wouldn't sing this song if Trump won the election," the singer told the audience before he began performing. "And I was actually planning on not singing it tonight, but obviously, that has been trumped."

Openly gay Wainwright, who has five-year-old daughter Viva with Cohen's daughter Lorca, said in a statement on Twitter on Friday that the world needed Cohen more than ever.

He wrote, "I had very few deeply personal experiences with Leonard, enough to count on one and a half hands. Like for most of us, for me he dwelled in a higher strata inhabited by some living but mostly passed icons who seemed to have this direct line to the galaxy, whilst at the same time knowing exactly when to take out the trash. Farewell Leonard, we need you now up there as much as we do down here."