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Canadian singer Leonard Cohen dies at 82

Updated: Nov 11, 2016 10:34 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 11 (ANI): Canadian singer and novelist Leonard Cohen, whose work spanned five decades since the '60s, died at the age of 82.

According to RollingStone.com, it was Cohen's label 'Sony Music Canada' that confirmed his death on the singer's Facebook page.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," the statement reads, "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."

However, cause of death and the exact date of death was not given on the statement.

The 'Hallelujah' singer fell into poor health reportedly after his last tour. But, in the process, he came up with a powerful new album entitled 'You Want It Darker.'

"My father passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records," Cohen's son Adam wrote in a statement to the website, "He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor."

Cohen's manager Robert Kory also talked highly of the late singer, writing, "Unmatched in his creativity, insight and crippling candor, Leonard Cohen was a true visionary whose voice will be sorely missed."

Born Leonard Norman Cohen on September 21, 1934, in Westmount, Quebec, the 'Suzanne' singer learned guitar as a teenager and formed a folk group called the 'Buckskin Boys.'

Cohen released 14 studio albums and eight live albums during the course of a recording career lasting almost 50 years, throughout which he remained an active poet.

He published his poetry collection 'Flowers for Hitler' in 1964 and novels 'The Favourite Game' (1963) and 'Beautiful Losers' (1966), thanks to early exposure to Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca who turned him towards poetry.(ANI)