Footage surfaces of Leonard Cohen's last ever performance in New Zealand almost three years ago

Leonard Cohen performs on the Pyramid stage during day three of the Glastonbury Festival. Photo / Getty
Leonard Cohen performs on the Pyramid stage during day three of the Glastonbury Festival. Photo / Getty

Leonard Cohen died in Los Angeles on Monday aged 82, leaving a highly influential legacy and a body of work spanning almost 50 years.

He was known as a tireless performer, touring internationally since the 1970s while also recording many albums and writing novels and poetry.

Footage has recently surfaced of his last ever concert, which took place at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand in December 2013.

The final moments of the performance will likely be poignant to fans of the Canadian singer, who is perhaps best known for 1984's Hallelujah.

Looking somewhat frail, he closed the set with an encore featuring 1974's I Tried To Leave You and a cover of The Drifters' Save The Last Dance For Me.

Leonard humbly addressed the crowd: 'Friends, I want to thank you for the wonderful hospitality you've showed us tonight.

'I want to thank you not just for tonight, but for all the years you've paid attention to my songs. I really appreciate it.'

When the last song finished, the legendary musician waved off his signature fedora hat, took a bow and walked offstage as his band applauded.

Leonard Cohen performs during day one of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009. Photo / Getty
Leonard Cohen performs during day one of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009. Photo / Getty

This would be Leonard's swan song. He did not perform again before his death.

In September 2014 - nine months later - Leonard issued a brief statement, saying there would be 'no tours in the foreseeable future'.

Just days before his passing earlier this week, the Quebec-born singer confessed he was 'ready to die' and had made preparations for his death.

A statement on Facebook by record label Sony Music Canada said the world has lost 'one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries'.

Leonard Cohen, Canadian poet and singer-songwriter, plays some of his songs in a small recording studio, lower Manhattan, New York, mid 1980s. Photo / Getty
Leonard Cohen, Canadian poet and singer-songwriter, plays some of his songs in a small recording studio, lower Manhattan, New York, mid 1980s. Photo / Getty

- Daily Mail

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