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Leonard Cohen Dies at 82

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Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen has died. He was 82.

Cohen’s label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed the singer’s death on his Facebook page Thursday. “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 statement read. “A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.”

The singer died Monday and was buried Thursday, his congregation confirmed.

During a career that spanned six decades, Cohen is perhaps best known for his 1984 song, “Hallelujah,” which has been covered by artists such as Bono, Willie Nelson and Jeff Buckley. Other singles the musician is also known for include “Suzanne,” “Bird on the Wire” and “Tower of Song.”

Some of his awards earned are his 2008 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a 2010 Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

Cohen was born in Montreal and was raised in the Westmount neighborhood. While studying at Montreal’s McGill University, he became a rising young poet, publishing his first poetry book, Let Us Compare Mythologies, in 1956. Three more poetry volumes and ten years later, he moved to New York City in 1966 to pursue a songwriting career.

Though his singles never topped the charts and he didn’t place an album in the top 10 until he was in his 70s, Cohen’s early albums Songs of Leonard Cohen (1968), Songs From a Room (1969), Songs of Love and Hate (1971) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974) are beloved by his fans.

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Engelke/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Cohen, who released his 14th and final album You Want It Darker on Oct. 21, told the New Yorker earlier that month that he was writing new music, though he revealed that some of the material may not get completed.

“I don’t think I’ll be able to finish those songs,” he told the publication. “Maybe, who knows? And maybe I’ll get a second wind, I don’t know. But I don’t dare attach myself to a spiritual strategy. I don’t dare do that. I’ve got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”

Adding, “As I approach the end of my life, I have even less and less interest in examining what have got to be very superficial evaluations or opinions about the significance of one’s life or one’s work. I was never given to it when I was healthy, and I am less given to it now.”

Following the news of Cohen’s death, many celebrities took to social media to express their condolences.

Cohen is survived by his two children Adam Cohen, 44, and Lorca Cohen, 42.