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Leonard Cohen, Legendary Singer-Songwriter Who Wrote ‘Hallelujah’ and ’Suzanne,’ Dead at Age 82

Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen in 1987

Iconic singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82.

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His record label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed the news on Cohen’s official Facebook page on Thursday, November 10.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement said. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.”

No cause of death was given, and the label said there will be a memorial in Los Angeles at a later date, while requesting privacy for the “Suzanne" songwriter's family.

Cohen, who released his critically acclaimed final album, You Want It Darker, just last month, was known for his haunting and introspective lyrics. Many of his songs, including “Hallelujah" and "Bird on the Wire" went on to be covered by generations of artists.

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Born in Westmount, Quebec, on September 21, 1934, Cohen first rose to fame on the sixties folk circuit in New York City, and went on to become of of the era’s most influential songwriters.

The singer suffered health and mobility problems after wrapping up his epic five-year "Grand Tour" in 2013, Rolling Stone reported in a profile of the singer last week.

Cohen, who also published books of poetry and spent time as a Buddhist monk, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2010.