Legendary Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen has sadly died aged 82.
The news was of Cohen’s passing was announced via his official Facebook page without specific details of his death.
“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement read.
“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.”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. As was his wish, he was buried in a quiet and private ceremony in Montreal,” one user claims on a well informed message-board.
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.
“He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations.”
Nick Cave, who famously covered Cohen’s hit single ‘Suzanne’, paid tribute following the news and labeled the Cohen ‘the greatest songwriter of all’ in a touching post on social media.
‘For many of us Leonard Cohen was the greatest songwriter of them all. Utterly unique and impossible to imitate no matter how hard we tried. He will be deeply missed by so many,’ Cave tweeted.
Following in the Cave’s lead, tributes and compliments in celebration of Cohen’s brilliance continued to flow from some of the industry’s most famous names.
“Very upsetting news to learn of Leonard’s passing. The world has one less gentle soul tonight. We thank you four the multitude of gifts u left us,” John Cale tweeted.
“Next year can only be better. Seeing Leonard Cohen walking on St Laurent street when I was 21 was enough to make me feel like I had a home,” said Arcade Fire’s Win Butler.