Singer and poet Leonard Cohen has died aged 82
Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and artist, Leonard Cohen, has died aged 82.
Sony Music Canada confirmed the legendary singer’s passing in a Facebook post late on Thursday night. It’s been reported by The Guardain that Cohen died on Monday and was buried at a private ceremony in Montreal.
Cohen, who had just released his 14th album, You Want It Darker, on October 21st to critical acclaim, had a career that spanned nearly 50 years.
Famous for writing one of the most well known and most covered songs of all time, “Hallelujah,” Leonard Cohen is responsible for inspiring his peers such as Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, along with a generation of artists, such as the late Jeff Buckley, who covered “Hallelujah” in 1991 and introduced a younger audience to Cohen’s music.
Born in Quebec on September 21st, 1934, Cohen originally had literary dreams of becoming a novelist and a poet. However, after visiting New York in 1966, Cohen was inspired by the city’s burgeoning folk music scene. He released his debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, in 1967.
In 1995, Cohen gave up music to join the Mt. Baldy Zen Center outside of Los Angeles to become an ordained Buddhist monk, taking on the Dharma name Jikan (“silence”). Releasing two albums between then and 2005, New Songs, a collaboration with Sharon Robinson in 2001, and Dear Heather in 2004, the singer returned to music full time in 2008 after it emerged that his then-manager, Kelley Lynch, had embezzled over $5 million from his retirement fund.
To recoup the the lost money, Cohen embarked on a five year world tour and continued to record. His last album, You Want It Darker, was recorded with the assistance of his son Adam due to severe back pain.
Tributes for the last singer started to pour in on social media last night.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, among others, took to Twitter to pay tribute to the singer.
Last month in a profile in the New Yorker, it was was revealed the Leonard Cohen was in poor health.
Speaking in the magazine, the singer opened up about reaching the end of his life.
Clarifying his statements at an album playback of his new album at the Canadian consulate, Cohen said that he had always had a flair for dramatics.