2016 has claimed yet another visionary talent. Influential singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen sadly passed away on Nov. 10 at the age of 82, leaving the music industry and fans around the world absolutely devastated. We have all the details, right here.
We’re heartbroken to report that Canadian musician Leonard Cohen has passed away. The 82-year-old music icon’s record label Sony revealed the tragic loss on his Facebook page on Nov. 10. “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.”
We can’t help but agree with that statement. Leonard was responsible for some of the most notable and passionate songs of the last five decades, from “Suzanne,” to “Hallelujah,” and “Bird on a Wire.” His music would always make the listener FEEL something, even up until his death. Just weeks before he passed he released his fourteenth studio album, You Want It Darker, on Oct. 21.
However, Leonard wasn’t just a musician, though he was most famous for his music. Leonard was also a poet and a novelist that explored intense and controversial topics like religion, politics, isolation, and sexuality in his work. Fans around the world revered him as an important voice of reason, and that will surely be missed nearly as much as his music.
Leonard was never married, though he had passionate relationships with many women, including Marianne C. Stang Jensen Ihlen, Suzanne Elrod, Dominique Issermann and Rebecca De Mornay. He also has two children, Adam and Lorca.
Luckily, those who wish to honor him will have the opportunity to do so. “A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date,” Sony wrote on his Facebook on Nov. 10. “The family requests privacy during their time of grief.” Our hearts go out to the friends, family, and beloved fans of this greatly talented man. RIP.
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