Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen dies at age 82

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Musician, poet and author Leonard Cohen, whose works spanned six decades and inspired numerous other artists, has died at the age of 82, his music label announced.

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

His music label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed the death in a statement. “Leonard Cohen was an unparalleled artist whose stunning body of original work has been embraced by generations of fans and artists alike.”

Cohen was a poet before releasing his first album in 1967, Songs of Leonard Cohen, and his musical career has been compared to Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in terms of the influence on other artists.

As a songwriter, his themes encompassed love in all its manifestations, religion, faith and the tenuous state of the world. Like “Hallelujah,” many of his tunes — his breakthrough composition “Suzanne,” “Bird on the Wire,” “Tower of Song” — became much-covered keystones of the popular songbook.

His longtime accompanist Jennifer Warnes recorded several of his best-known works on her 1987 Cohen recital “Famous Blue Raincoat.”

He released his latest album, “You Want it Darker” in October. It was his 14th studio album.

His song “Hallelujah” has been called among his best loved and most recorded by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted him in 2008.

He was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Cohen’s family has requested privacy. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date, the statement on Cohen’s Facebook page said.

He is survived by a son and daughter from his relationship with Suzanne Elrod.

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