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Leonard Cohen, Legendary Singer And Songwriter, Has Passed Away

“We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.”

November 10, 2016
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Leonard Cohen, the legendary singer and songwriter behind "Suzanne," "Hallelujah," and a storied five-decade body of work, has passed away at the age of 82. A message posted via Cohen's official Facebook account announced his death Thursday evening. The statement is as follows:

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

The cause of Cohen's death is as-yet unknown. Cohen, also an accomplished poet and novelist, began his musical career with 1967's Songs of Leonard Cohen, before penning songs for Willie Nelson, James Taylor, and others. The singer songwriter recorded fourteen studio albums over the course of his career, including his final full-length, You Want It Darker, which was released in October.

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