Leonard Cohen to late 'So Long, Marianne' muse: 'I think I will follow you very soon'

Leonard Cohen wrote to Marianne Ihlen, the woman who inspired his song 'So Long Marianne', shortly before her death, it has been revealed.

Ihlen passed away late last month (July 29) in Norway, aged 81. Her funeral was held in Oslo on Friday (August 5).

Speaking to Canada's CBC Radio, Ihlen's friend and documentary maker Jan Christian Mollestad said that he had informed Cohen of his former lover's ill health and that the singer quickly sent a letter to be read to her.

"It took only two hours and in came this beautiful letter from Leonard to Marianne. We brought it to her the next day and she was fully conscious and she was so happy that he had already written something for her." via NME