Leonard Cohen, Fallen Stars

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Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82.

Sony Music Canada—the Canadian singer and songwriter's music label—confirmed the news via his Facebook page.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," the post read. "We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries."

The label also said, "A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief."


The Recording Academy also released a statement, saying, "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Grammy Award winner and 2010 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Leonard Cohen. During an influential career that spanned more than five decades, Leonard became one of the most revered pop poets and a musical touchstone for many songwriters."

It continued, "His extraordinary talent had a profound impact on countless singers and songwriters, as well as the wider culture. We have lost a cherished artist and our sincerest condolences go out to Leonard's family, friends, and collaborators. He will be missed terribly."

Cohen's work spanned more than five decades as he began his career in the '60s and was one of the most influential voices of his generation. His work catered to many of the most important themes of that era, including: love, hate, sex, drugs, war, peace, spirituality and depression. 

One of his most famous songs, "Hallelujah," has worked its powerful message throughout the generations, having been covered by many artists of all different genres over time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Rolling Stone was the first to report the story.

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