This is a devastating loss to the music world.
The label wrote:
“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 songsmith was the mastermind behind the iconic ballad Hallelujah, and forever left his mark on the music world.
The Canadian learned how to play guitar as a teenager and, while he started a folk group when he was young, was first fascinated with poetry rather than music.
After finishing school, the creative man moved to the Greek island Hydra, where he published two novels and a poetry collection during the 1960s.
But, after his second novel hit shelves, Leonard went to New York, where he got involved as a songwriter for artists like Judy Collins, James Taylor, and Willie Nelson.
Over the course of his lifetime, Mr. Cohen released 15 studio albums. His most recent release, You Want It Darker, dropped only a couple weeks ago.
During the mid-90s, the musician put his work on hold to become a Buddhist monk, before picking his career back up in 2001.
Sony revealed plans for a memorial in honor of the legend, but didn’t offer much in the way of details, writing:
“A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.”
He is survived by his two children, Adam and Lorca Cohen.
Rest in peace, Leonard. And thank you for your art.
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