Canadian storied singer and poet Leonard Cohen has died at age 82, his publicist has announced.
”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,” read a statement on Cohen’s Facebook page.
Cohen was hailed as one of the most visionary artists of his generation. He was brought up in Montreal but lived in California late in his life.
A private memorial service will be held in his honour at a later date, the statement said.
From poetry to music
Cohen began as a poet before reluctantly branching out into music. He wrote some of his generation’s most reflective songs including the oft-covered spiritual “Hallelujah.”
He released his final album just last month. Entitled “You Want It Darker,” Cohen on the album reflected at length on his own mortality.