Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82.
Legendary singer, songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82.
The announcement was made on the singer’s official Facebook page by his label, Sony Music Canada.
“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away.
We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.
A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.”
No cause of death or exact date is known yet. Cohen’s son also confirmed the news to Rolling Stone. “My father passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records,” Adam said. “He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor.”
Cohen’s haunting vocals and intricate lyrics quickly brought him to the level of the greatest artists of his generation; songs like Suzanne, Hallelujah and Marianne ensured his legacy.
He started as a writer, achieving critical acclaim before turning his attention to the music scene. In 1967, Cohen moved from Canada to the US to pursue a career in folk music. Throughout the 1960’s and 70’s, he rose to prominence, releasing six albums, including his first two Songs of Leonard Cohen and Songs from a Room. During this time, Cohen went on tour, across the U.S, Canada and Europe, with pianist John Lissauer.
In the years since, Cohen released a multitude of new music, poetry and novels, often using themes of political and social justice. Just last month, he released his fourteenth and final album You Want It Darker. The album received critical acclaim, bookending his career with highly praised releases from beginning to end.
Cohen spoke about his own mortality back in July. He read a letter he wrote for his ex-girlfriend and muse Marianne Ihlen, at her funeral.
“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. 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.”