Legendary singer, Leonard Cohen, dies at 82

Legendary singer, Leonard Cohen, dies at 82
November 11 10:21 2016

Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen has died aged 82.

The news was announced on his official Facebook page, but no details about the cause of death were given.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to the singer, who was known for hits including Hallelujah and Dance Me to the End of Love.

“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen,” Mr Trudeau said in a statement.

“He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations.”

Fans are gathering outside Cohen’s Montreal home to light candles and lay flowers.

Cohen’s son Adam told Rolling Stone: “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 humour.”

A memorial for Cohen will take place in Los Angeles at a later date, the Facebook announcement added.

The Montreal-born singer’s hits included Suzanne, Bird on the Wire and I’m Your Man and he released his 14th album, You Want It Darker, just last month.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

John Lissauer, the producer who worked with Cohen on Hallelujah as well as a series of albums in the 1970s and 1980s, described the singer as “almost mythical”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “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.”

You Want It Darker received great critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone calling it a “late career triumph” while The Telegraph described it as a “bleak masterpiece”, awarding it five stars.

The Guardian also gave it full marks, praising the album as “wise and honest” andPitchfork said the album “feels like a pristine, piously crafted last testament, the informed conclusion of a lifetime of inquiry”.

But the influence and appeal of this poet, novelist, songwriter and legendary ladies’ man has endured throughout his career.

Often prone to depression throughout his life, his often witty, charming and self-deprecating manner was reflected in his lyrics.

Record label Sony Music said it was proud to have “celebrated Cohen’s artistry” over his six-decade career.

“Leonard Cohen was an unparalleled artist whose stunning body of original work has been embraced by generations of fans and artists alike,” it said in a statement.

“The Sony Music Canada family joins the world in mourning Leonard Cohen’s passing.”

Cohen’s songs included Famous Blue Raincoat, Hallelujah and So Long Marianne, written about his lover and muse Marianne Ihlen, who he met in Greece in the 1960s.

She also inspired the song Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.

In July this year, when he heard that Ihlen was near to death, he wrote to her: “Well Marianne, it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon.”

Hallelujah was covered numerous times – reaching number one in December 2008 when it was performed by UK X Factor winner Alexandra Burke.

Cohen later suggested he thought Hallelujah had been covered too many times: “I think it’s a good song, but I think too many people sing it.”

After his death was announced, singers, writers and politicians paid tribute to Cohen on social media.