Leonard Cohen has died, aged 82

Posted November 19, 2016

Canadian poet, singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82. The family requests privacy during their time of grief."It is rumoured that Cohen passed away on Monday and has already been buried by his friends and family: "It is with great sadness that we must report Leonard passed away on Monday, November 7".

"Uh, I said I was ready to die recently", Cohen told an audience during a listening party in Los Angeles for the new album.

The Montreal-born singer, songwriter, poet and artist was known for songs like "Suzanne", "I'm Your Man", "Bird on the Wire" and, of course, "Hallelujah", which was described by U2's Bono as "the most ideal song in the world" and is one of the most covered songs of all time, with over 300 known versions released.

Many of Cohen's songs became hits for other artists, including Judy Collins, who helped Cohen gain fame by recording some of his early compositions in the 1960s.

With songs such as "The Guests", "Going Home" and "Night Comes On", Cohen inspired so many, ranging from Nick Cave to Ben Folds and Josh Groban, who are probably going on to influence future generations of singer-songwriters as well. Jeff Buckley heard that version and used it as the basis for his own six-minute cover, reinterpreting on his guitar the arpeggios Cale had used to accompany the song. He was even scheduled to go into the studio to record six more string quartets yesterday when news came out that Cohen had died. That includes everything he released from 1988's I'm Your Man all the way through You Want It Darker just a few weeks ago. In 2011, he was named a Companion of the Order of Canada. And the world responded with accolades, including the Grammy lifetime achievement award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"Very upsetting news to learn of Leonard's passing".

In 2007 American composer Philip Glass put Cohen's collection of poems "Book of Longing" to music.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to the singer: "It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen", Mr Trudeau said in a statement. "And I think I was exaggerating. That's about it for me", Cohen said. He had two children with artist Suzanne Elrod during this time - his daughter Lorca and his son Adam who produced his final album.