Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen dies at the age of 82
The beloved Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82. His label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed his death on Facebook, writing, “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.” The label didn’t release any other details, except to say there will be a memorial in Los Angeles at a later date.
Cohen’s son, Adam, wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone, “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 continued, “He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor.”
Cohen never stopped creating art and the world never stopped wanting him to. “I never had the sense that there was an end,” he said in 1992. “That there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot.”
From his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, released in 1967, to his 14th and final album, You Want It Darker, released last month, Cohen touched everyone with his music and poetry for almost 50 years. You Want It Darker was produced by Adam, who recorded the tracks at Cohen’s home when he couldn’t leave due to back problems.
A New Yorker article published around the release of You Want It Darker said Cohen’s health was going downhill and quoted him saying, “I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”