Over 1.6-million people around the world – including South Africans on social media today – have been sharing this haunting version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’. Take a listen below…

In less than 24 hours the song – recorded by Pentatonix – has already had 1.6-million views on YouTube.

Cohen turned 82 last month, and celebrated by releasing a new song ‘You Want it Darker’, a musing on mortality. (Watch below.)

Back in July, Cohen’s one-time lover and muse, Marianne (who inspired ‘Bird on a Wire’ and ‘So Long, Marianne’), passed away at 81 from leukaemia. Two days before she died, Cohen was informed and within two hours had penned this letter, which was read to her. He said:

“Well Marianne it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine. [At which point she apparently stretched out her hand.]

“And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road…”

And here’s Leonard Cohen’s Original ‘Hallelujah’ – viewed over 39 million times

One last new version that will give you goosebumps – Rufus Wainwright and 1,500 choir singers in Canada, June 2016: