Canadian legendary poet, songwriter and artist Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82.
The Canadian singer was born into a Jewish family, but he later became a student of Zen Buddhism.
A statement on his official Facebook page announced his demise this morning November 11, 2016.
It stated “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away.”
It also added “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.”
There are no details at this about the cause of Cohen’s death. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date, as noted on his official Facebook page.
The late songwriter’s hit songs included “Suzanne” and “I’m Your Man”. He also released his 14th album, “You Want It Darker”, just last month. “Bird On The Wire”, “Hallelujah” and “So Long Marianne”, written about his lover and muse Marianne Ihlen, whom he met in Greece in the 1960s.
She also inspired the song “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”.
When Leonard Cohen heard that Ihlen was near to death in July this year, he wrote to her: “Well Marianne, it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon.”
After Cohen’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, he was reported to have said “This is a very unlikely occasion for me. It is not a distinction that I coveted or even dared dream about.”
Cohen who took a break from the music industry from 1994 to 1999 had said after returning to music that “My life was filled with great disorder, with chaos, and I achieved a little discipline there, So I decided to return to music.”
Leonard Cohen was called “the high priest of pathos” and the “godfather of gloom”
But the influence and appeal of this poet, novelist, songwriter and legendary ladies’ man has endured throughout his career.
Obituary: Leonard Cohen
A statement was released by Cohen’s Record label Sony Music after his death. It pointed out that it was proud to have “celebrated Cohen’s artistry” over his six-decade career.
“Leonard Cohen was an unparalleled artist whose stunning body of original work has been embraced by generations of fans and artists alike,”
“The Sony Music Canada family joins the world in mourning Leonard Cohen’s passing.”
The legendary poet has received an avalanche of tribute on social media.