Leonard Cohen, rock music’s man of letters whose songs fused religious imagery with themes of redemption and sexual desire, earning him critical and popular acclaim, has died at age 82.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” a statement on the Facebook page said. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.”

The statement did not provide further details on Cohen’s death, and representatives for the singer could not immediately be reached for comment.

Cohen was 82. He recently addressed his declining health and mortality. I am ready to die,” he said. “I hope it’s not too uncomfortable.” 

It said a memorial was planned in Los Angeles, where Cohen had lived for many years.


Cohen, a native of Quebec, last toured Australia and New Zealand in November and December, 2013.

Australian fans will never forget Cohen’s truly heartwarming gesture after several bushfires ignited the southeastern Australian state of Victoria in 2009.

Following the musicians Australian tour, that included country Victoria, the singer-songwriter dug deep to support the victims of the devastating bushfires by donating $200,000 to help the victims. 

(Leonard Cohen performs live at Hanging Rock, Victoria)

Cohen, who never married, is survived by his daughter, Lorca, and by his son, Adam.


RIP, Leonard Cohen. 


Source: AAP/Staff Writers