Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82.
A post to Cohen’s official Facebook page announced the musician’s passing in Los Angeles on Thursday.
“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 post said.
“A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.”
Cohen had recently released his 14th album, You Want it Darker, to great acclaim.
“My father passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records,” Cohen’s son Adam wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone. “He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor.”
“Unmatched in his creativity, insight and crippling candor, Leonard Cohen was a true visionary whose voice will be sorely missed,” his manager Robert Kory wrote in a statement. “I was blessed to call him a friend, and for me to serve that bold artistic spirit firsthand, was a privilege and great gift. He leaves behind a legacy of work that will bring insight, inspiration and healing for generations to come.”
In a recent interview with the New Yorker, Cohen spoke about the prospect of death, saying “I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”
Cohen, a native of Quebec, was already a celebrated poet and novelist when he moved to New York in 1966 at age 31 to break into the music business. he met Judy Collins who included two of his songs, including ‘Suzanne,’ on her album In My Life, which helped promote Cohen’s career. His debut solo album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was released in 1967.
Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received numerous Canadian Juno Awards as well as the Order of Canada and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cohen’s most famous song, ‘Hallelujah,’ which ranked No. 3 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 songs of all time, was covered by numerous artists including Jeff Buckley.