The groundbreaking singer, songwriter, and author Leonard Cohen is dead at 82. The news was announced in a post on Cohen's official Facebook page Thursday evening via his label, Sony Music Canada.
"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," the message said. "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 provided.
Born in Westmount, Quebec on September 21, 1934, Cohen emerged in the 1960s alongside fellow poet-musicians like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, an artist whose unflinching passion and darkness would mark a massively influential body of work that spanned five decades.
A poet and novelist throughout his life, Cohen's debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was released in 1967 following the publication of his first two novels: The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers.
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