Leonard Cohen, legendary singer-songwriter, dies aged 82

The legendary singer, songwriter and poet has died aged 82.

Leonard Cohen, the legendary Canadian singer, songwriter and poet, has died at the age of 82. 

The news was announced on his official Facebook page, but no details about the cause of death were given.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," the statement said.

Cohen's son Adam told 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 was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humour."

In a recent interview with the New Yorker, Cohen spoke about the prospect of death, explaining: “I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to Cohen with the statement: "It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen.

"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."

Cohen was best known for his hits Hallelujah and Dance Me to the End of Love and scored 15 Top 40 records on the Official UK Albums Chart. Click here to view his complete Official UK Chart history.

His latest record, You Want It Darker, was released just three weeks ago, entering at Number 4 on the chart. In 2008, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his influence on the industry has been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.

Cohen's best known song Hallelujah was only a modest hit when he released it was released in 1984, peaking at Number 36 - his only UK Top 40 single. But cover versions by John Cale in 1991 and later Jeff Buckley saw it find a wider audience. In 2008, it was covered by Alexander Burke as her X Factor winner's single, taking it to Number 1. 

A selection of tributes to Leonard Cohen from stars appear below:

Article image: Rex

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he foretold his death in his letter to marianne on her deathbed. god bless you leonard cohen for all the beautiful work you left us in your songs writings and poetry may you RIP condolences to your family and friends in their grief and for all us fans as well who truly loved him and his work


I Am A Stegosaurus


*reads title* Who?

*reads article* Oh, original Hallelujah singer


Brian Quinn


I have never heard of Leonard Cohen. R.I.P. anyway.




im sure you will brian in the coming days check out his songs on u tube or better still buy you want it darker his last album