Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

Acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82.

Iconic Canadian singer/wongwriter Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82.

The news was shared on Cohen’s Facebook page:

“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.”

Cohen’s career, which spanned more than 50 years, not only included music, but he was also an acclaimed poet, novelist and artist.

One of his most well-known releases “Hallelujah,” was first released in 1984 and has since been performed by almost 200 artists in various languages. Other hits include “Suzanne”,” “So Long, Marianne” and “Bird on the Wire,” along with “Chelsea Hotel” and “Famous Blue Raincoat”. Most recently, “You Want It Darker,” which was released just last month.

Sony Records released a statement, late Thursday, about his passing:

“Leonard Cohen was an unparalleled artist whose stunning body of original work has been embraced by generations of fans and artists alike. We are proud and feel extremely privileged to have celebrated his artistry over a career spanning six decades. The Sony Music Canada family joins the world in mourning Leonard Cohen’s passing.”

The flags will be lowered in Montreal, announced its mayor Denis Coderre.

“Tonight we lost one of our greatest ambassadors and icons,” he said.