Leonard Cohen Dead at 82

BY Josiah Hughes & Brock Thiessen Published Nov 11, 2016

Iconic Canadian poet, artist and musician Leonard Cohen has passed away. He was 82 years old. While Cohen's cause of death is unknown, his passing was confirmed by his official Facebook page.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," the statement reads. "We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries."

The Facebook post added, "A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief."

Cohen was born on September 21, 1934, in Westmount, QC. His life and legacy includes dozens of albums, poetry books, novels and other achievements.

Cohen's debut album came via 1967's Songs of Leonard Cohen, a now-classic LP that was soon followed by Songs from a Room in 1969 and Songs of Love and Hate in 1971. With this quick string of albums soon came a long life of touring, with Cohen performing countless concerts up towards the time of his death.

Cohen also made a mark with such albums as Various Positions (1984), I'm Your Man (1988) and The Future (1992), the former of which included perhaps his most famous song (if not the most covered) "Hallelujah."

Cohen was a big collaborator over the course of his career, working with the likes of Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Judy Collins, Phil Spector, Jennifer Warnes, Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters, among many others.

Among his novels are 1963's The Favorite Game, along with 1966's Beautiful Losers. He also produced many tomes of poetry throughout his life.

Read more about Cohen's life and career by revisiting Exclaim!'s timeline feature from 2012.

Most recently, Cohen released his latest album You Want It Darker last month. He had recently turned heads in the media by discussing his own mortality, saying, "I am ready to die." He later added that he intended to live forever. Through the impressive body of work he left behind, he undoubtedly will.


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