Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died at 82-years-old on Monday.
Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died at 82-years-old on Monday, leaving behind a legacy in music that spans nearly 50 years.
Sony Music Canada confirmed his death on the singer’s Facebook page, saying:
“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement read. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.” A cause of death was not given.
Following what would be his final tour, Cohen became ill, but was writing new music up until his very last moments.
“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,” Cohen’s son Adam wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone. “He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor.”
His manager Robert Kory wrote in a statement: “Unmatched in his creativity, insight and crippling candor, Leonard Cohen was a true visionary whose voice will be sorely missed,” he said. “I was blessed to call him a friend, and for me to serve that bold artistic spirit firsthand, was a privilege and great gift. He leaves behind a legacy of work that will bring insight, inspiration and healing for generations to come.”
Lana Del Rey was also deeply inspired by Cohen.
She shared a clip of her 2013 cover singing the late legend’s 1974 classic, “Chelsea Hotel No. 2.”
“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t kind of break my heart that I never got to tell you how much you changed me,” she wrote in a note on Instagram on Friday (Nov. 11). “Not that it would’ve mattered to ya, it’s just that other than Bob and Joan you were the only person I ever really felt spoke my language. I love you as a real fan and I always looked for a little bit of you in all of my future friends. God bless.”
It matters, Lana.
I'd be lying if I said it didn't kind of break my heart that I never got to tell you how much you changed me. Not that it would've mattered to ya, it's just that other than Bob and Joan you were the only person I ever really felt spoke my language. I love you as a real fan and I always looked for a little bit of you in all of my future friends. God bless.