Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82.
The news of the legendary musician and poet’s death broke this evening via his official Facebook page.
The post 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.”
It has been reported by Cohen’s well-informed message board that the star passed away on Monday and has already been buried. “It is with great sadness that we must report Leonard passed away on Monday, November 7. As was his wish, he was buried in a quiet and private ceremony in Montreal,” one user claims.
Cohen’s son Adam has told Rolling Stone that his father died peacefully at home “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.”
His manager Robert Kory also told the publication: “Unmatched in his creativity, insight and crippling candour, Leonard Cohen was a true visionary whose voice will be sorely missed. 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.”
It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away.We have…
Less than a month ago, Leonard Cohen revealed in an interview with The New Yorker that he was ready to die.
Discussing his archive of unfinished songs during an in-depth interview, Cohen said: “I don’t think I’ll be able to finish those songs. Maybe, who knows? And maybe I’ll get a second wind, I don’t know. But I don’t dare attach myself to a spiritual strategy. I don’t dare do that.”
“I’ve got some work to do,” 82-year-old Cohen continued. “Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”
He later clarified the comments saying “I’ve always been into self-dramatisation. I intend to live forever.”
At the end of the playback, Cohen added: “Thanks for coming, friends. I really appreciate your standing up when I came into the room. I hope we can do this again. I intend to stick around until 120.”
Cohen released his 14th album, ‘You Want It Darker’, on October 21. It was the iconic artist’s third LP in six years, having not released a record for eight years prior to that.
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