Canadian singer/songwriter, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82.
The news was announced last night on Cohen’s official Facebook page with a statement from Sony Music Canada (Cohen’s label) saying, “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.”
The legendary musician released his 14th studio album You Want It Darker less than a month ago on October 21. His career spanned the course of close to 50 years and had within that time given the world a number of influential songs such as “Suzanne”, “So Long Marianne”, “Dance Me To The End of Love”, and perhaps his most famed song yet, “Hallelujah”.
Producer John Lissuer, who had worked with Cohen on a number of records, spoke with BBC Radio 4 this morning. In memory of his friend he said of Cohen, “He was just an iconic figure, because his duration was so great and he was so consistent in his devotion to the craft, and his devotion to recording and performing.”
Cohen was born on September 21 in 1934, and grew up in a house on Belmont Avenue in Montreal. Hundreds of fans have flocked to his childhood home in the wake of the artist’s death leaving behind candles, flowers, and bittersweet tears of sorrow on the front step.
No cause of death has been announced.
It is with heavy hearts we must say goodbye to one of the greatest songwriters in history.