Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82.
His son Adam says the Montreal-born poet, songwriter and artist, died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday.
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah#RIPLeonard
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 11, 2016
Cohen released a new album ”You Want it Darker” just last month, after going on tour earlier this year to sellout crowds at an age where most people kick-back in a recliner.
— Ron Sexsmith (@RonSexsmith) November 11, 2016
Adam says his baritone-voiced father, who favoured black suits, fedoras and tweed caps, died knowing he had made one of his greatest records.
Leonard Cohen has died. Another magical voice stilled.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 11, 2016
Cohen blended spirituality and sexuality in songs like ”Suzanne,” ”Bird on a Wire” and ”Hallelujah,” which went from cult hits to modern standards.
He was born in Montreal on Sept. 21, 1934, and studied at the same high school as Canadian poet Irving Layton.
Cohen credited Layton as one of his influences, and formed a country group known as the Buckskin Boys after learning to play the guitar.
His big break came in 1966 when Judy Collins recorded his standard “Suzanne,” with his first album “Songs of Leonard Cohen” the same year.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
Thank you Leonard Cohen
Swift rebirth my friend.
— k.d. lang (@kdlang) November 11, 2016
Cohen’s family has requested privacy “during their time of grief,” saying a memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. (td)