Leonard Cohen, hugely prolific singer and songwriter whose work spanned close to 50 years, has passed away at the age of 82. Cohen’s label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed his death on the singer’s Facebook page, and his family, son and manager released statements regarding the icon’s death saying:
“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. 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,” Cohen’s son Adam wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone. “He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humour.”
“Unmatched in his creativity, insight and crippling candor, Leonard Cohen was a true visionary whose voice will be sorely missed,” his manager Robert Kory wrote in a statement. “I was blessed to call him a friend, and for me to serve that bold artistic spirit firsthand, was a privilege and great gift. He leaves behind a legacy of work that will bring insight, inspiration and healing for generations to come.”
A cause of death has not yet been released, but he was 82!
RIP, Leonard! Seeing you perform was one of the most-memorable and beautiful evenings we can recall!