Leonard Cohen Dead at 82

By Radio.com Staff 

A post on Leonard Cohen’s Facebook page earlier tonight confirmed that the legendary singer-songwriter has passed away at the age of 82.

The message 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.” No cause of death was given.

Cohen, an extremely influential songwriter, published books of poetry in the ’60s before releasing his debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, in 1967.

His most well-known song is “Hallelujah,” which has been covered by everyone from Jeff Buckley to Justin Timberlake, but his catalog also includes “Sisters of Mercy” (which provided the name for the British post-punk band the Sisters of Mercy), “Bird on a Wire,” “Famous Blue Raincoat” and “I’m Your Man.”

Cohen enjoyed a late career revival in the 2000s after spending much of the ’90s as a Buddhist monk; his more recent albums were all highly acclaimed. His latest, You Want it Darker, was released earlier this year.

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