Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has sadly passed away at the age of 82. Known for his beautiful poetry and music, Cohen created some amazing art in his 50 year-strong career.
Sony Music Canada, Cohen’s record label, confirmed the news via his Facebook page in the early hours of this morning. The statement reads: “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement read. “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.”
Cohen was still enjoying his music making into his eighties. His evocative songs including topics such as depression, war and peace, and sex/sexuality and his ghostly, haunting vocals touched people all over the globe. His most famous piece, “Hallelujah”, has been covered time and time again, showing his music’s stamina throughout the years.
Having released his final album ‘You Want It Darker’ earlier this year, Cohen received rave reviews for the work. However, the album was recorded in his own home, as ill health meant he found it difficult to leave. Following the albums release, Cohen told the New Yorker he was “ready to die” and “that’s about it for me.” He later revealed he was in fact being over dramatic, and that “I intend to live forever.”
Leonard Cohen was a musician like no other. His music will forever be heard around the world by new and old generations. He will be mourned for now, and remembered for the rest of time.