Leonard Cohen, singer, songwriter and poet, has died aged 82.
The news was announced on his Facebook page in a statement which read: “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 son Adam spoke to Rolling Stone, saying, “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. He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humour.”
Having been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 he released his 14th album last month to critical and fan acclaim.
Some of his best known and loved work – Hallelujah, Bird On A Wire and So Long, Marianne – were about Marianne Ihlen. Hearing she was near death he wrote to her in July this year saying, “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.”
Fans are gathering outside the his home in Montreal to lay tributes to undoubtedly one of the greatest wordsmiths, and most poignant poets, of all time.