Legendary Canadian singer songwriter Leonard Cohen has died. He was 82 years old.
The news was announced on his Facebook page at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. So far there is no cause of death being reported.
“We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries,” the statement reads.
A memorial will be held in Los Angeles, according to Cohen’s label, Sony Music Canada, but a date has yet to be set.
Cohen, who was born in Quebec in 1934, was revered not only across Canada but around the world. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has been called one of the most influential authors of our time. He was also a companion of the Order of Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to him on Twitter Thursday night saying, “No other artist’s music felt or sounded like Leonard Cohen’s. Yet his work resonated across generations.”
No other artist's music felt or sounded like Leonard Cohen's. Yet his work resonated across generations. Canada and the world will miss him.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 11, 2016
His works are known around the globe for their dark subject matter and his deep voice. His song, Hallelujah, has been covered many times, and is one of the most recognizable world-wide.
His songs prompted him to be dubbed the “godfather of gloom,” the “poet laureate of pessimism,” the “grocer of despair” and the “prince of bummers.”
But he was hailed for his intelligence, humility, curiosity and generosity, donating unpublished poems, poems-in-progress, drawings and archival material to a fan website where it could be enjoyed by followers.
WATCH : Irish priest belts out Leonard Cohen’s classic Hallelujah
Along with his music, Cohen’s poems and books have also garnered world-wide recognition. He won a Prince of Asturias Award for literature in 2011.
It hasn’t even been one month since he released his last album, titled You Want It Darker? While still finishing the album, he gave an interview with The New Yorker saying he was ready to die.
“As I approach the end of my life, I have even less and less interest in examining what have got to be very superficial evaluations or opinions about the significance of one’s life or one’s work,” he said. “I was never given to it when I was healthy, and I am less given to it now.”
WATCH: Leonard Cohen tribute in Halifax
A brilliant Canadian artist passed today. Leonard Cohen, rest in peace. Hallelujah.— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) November 11, 2016
Leonard Cohen has died. Another magical voice stilled.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 11, 2016
& when he knew for certain— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 11, 2016
Only drowning men could see him
He said all men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them
Leonard Cohen gone? I didn't think this week could get any worse.— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) November 11, 2016
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