Leonard Cohen passes away at age 82

leonardcohen1The world has lost another music icon as singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away on Thursday. Cohen was 82 years old.

The news was announced via a post on his Facebook page.

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

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Rolling Stone confirmed the news with Cohen’s record label, Sony Music Canada.

Born in Westmount, Quebec, Canada in 1934, Cohen had just released his fourteenth studio album, You Want It Darker, on October 21, one month after celebrating his 82nd birthday. Over his career, Cohen established a reputation as one of the most influential singer/songwriters of his era and earned a prestigious resume of honors, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

Cohen seemed to know the end was near based on some of his recent comments. One came via his his farewell letter to muse Marianne Ihlen, who passed away in July. The letter was made public in August, and in it he wrote: 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. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine”.

Cohen also discussed death in a recent interview with The New Yorker. “I am ready to die,” Cohen said in the piece. “I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.” He later backed off those comments, saying at a Q&A session in Los Angeles, “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.”

Tributes to Cohen quickly began pouring in via social media after the news of his death was made public.

Rocknuts will have more on the death of Leonard Cohen in the days ahead.

Rich Karfilis contributed to this story.

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