Singer, songwriter Leonard Cohen, dead at 82

Leonard Cohen performs at The O2, Dublin (

Legendary singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen died Thursday at the age of the 82.

A message posted to Cohen's official Facebook page 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.

News of Cohen's death was broken by Rolling Stone magazine, which described Cohen as, "the dark eminence among a small pantheon of extremely influential singer-songwriters to emerge in the Sixties and early Seventies.

"Only Bob Dylan exerted a more profound influence upon his generation, and perhaps only Paul Simon and fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell equaled him as a song poet," the magazine continued. "Cohen's haunting bass voice, nylon-stringed guitar patterns, Greek-chorus backing vocals shaped evocative songs that dealt with love and hate, sex and spirituality, war and peace, ecstasy and depression."

Cohen is perhaps best known for his track "Hallelujah," which has been covered by hundreds of artists worldwide.

The music icon released a new album entitled "You Want It Darker" in September.

The sad news comes just weeks after the beloved Canadian star told the New Yorker magazine he was "ready to die" in an interview.

He told the publication, "I don't think I'll be able to finish those songs (I'm working on). Maybe, who knows? And maybe I'll get a second wind, I don't know. But I don't dare attach myself to a spiritual strategy. I don't dare do that.

"I've got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it's not too uncomfortable. That's about it for me."

Cohen clarified his remarks days later, while promoting his new album "You Want It Darker," explaining he was speaking philosophically.

The "Everybody Knows" singer hosted a listening session for his new album in Los Angeles in October and addressed reports he was dying, stating, "I said I was ready to die recently and I think I was exaggerating. I've always been into self-dramatization. I intend to live forever."

There were no details about Cohen's cause of death.


The World Entertainment News Network contributed to this report.

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