One of Canada's most visionary artists, Leonard Cohen, has passed away at the age of 82. The singer-songwriter, poet and novelist known for his growling vocals and provocative lyrics released his latest album, the highly acclaimed You Want It Darker, in October of this year. No details were given on his cause of death, but Leonard's passing was revealed on his Facebook page.
"We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries," the post said, and indicated that a memorial for the Montreal-born musician will take place at a later date.
"Unmatched in his creativity, insight and crippling candour, Leonard Cohen was a true visionary whose voice will be sorely missed," said Leonard's manager, Robert Kory, in a statement. "I was blessed to call him a friend, and for me to serve that bold artistic spirit firsthand, was a privilege and great gift. He leaves behind a legacy of work that will bring insight, inspiration and healing for generations to come."
After graduating from McGill University and spending some time writing in Greece, Leonard found himself in New York in the '60s around the likes of Andy Warhol, Nico and the Velvet Underground. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, started a prolific career that included 14 studio albums, eight live albums and gruelling years-long tours. He was one of few artists to maintain momentum for six decades, into his 80s, and his haunting song "Hallelujah" is one of the most covered of all time.
In October, the father of two - whose son produced his last album from home while the singer's health was waning - told the New Yorker that he doesn't fear the end. "I am ready to die," he said. "I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me."