The Canadian songwriter was 82...
Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82, it has been confirmed.

The Canadian songwriter recently released new album 'You Want It Darker', a wonderful, powerful return that demonstrated his muse was still in full flow.

News of the artist's passing was confirmed on his official Facebook page, which posted the following statement:

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.

Leonard Cohen's son Adam spoke to Rolling Stone, explaining: "He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humour."

At first a poet and novelist, Leonard Cohen became a key component of the Canadian Literary Renaissance from his home in Montreal before deciding to turn towards music.

Unearthed by John H. Hammond - the same talent scout who found Bob Dylan - he signed to Columbia in 1967, releasing debut album 'Songs Of Leonard Cohen' later that year.

Taken as a whole, Cohen's catalogue represents some of the richest, most humane writing in modern music. Perhaps best known to the public via cover versions, his work has been recited by everyone from Johnny Cash to Jeff Buckley, Willie Nelson to Alexandra Burke.

Canadian Prime Minister - and fellow Montreal resident - Justin Trudeau was quick to pay his respects:

"It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen. A most remarkable Montrealer, Leonard Cohen managed to reach the highest of artistic achievement, both as an acclaimed poet and a world-renowned singer-songwriter. He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations."

"Leonard Cohen is as relevant today as he was in the 1960s. His ability to conjure the vast array of human emotion made him one of the most influential and enduring musicians ever. His style transcended the vagaries of fashion."

Nick Cave has also offered a touching salute:

Farewell, Leonard Cohen.

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