Legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen Dies aged 82
Legendary poet, songwriter and novelist Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82.
The sad news was confirmed on his official Facebook page in a statement made by his record label. The statement read,
“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.”
“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, he was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor.”
The iconic and hugely influential singer’s career spanned almost 50 years with popular songs including Hallelujah, So Long Marianne and Suzanne. Cohen was known for exploring politics, religion, isolation, sexuality, as well as personal relationships. He released his fourteenth, and final studio album You Want It Darker on 21 October 2016 to critical acclaim.
Carole King, JK Rowling, Simon Le Bon, Bette Midler and Russell Crowe are among the stars who have already paid tribute to the late artist.
Watch Cohen’s stunning performance of Hallelujah below