Legendary Canadian singer, songwriter, author and poet 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, 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.
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.
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.”