Canadian singer Leonard Cohen dies aged 82

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Cohen seen in 1980

Canadian singer Leonard Cohen has died aged 82, according to a statement on his official Facebook page.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the announcement said.

“We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.”

There were no details about the cause of Cohen’s death. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date, the announcement said.

The Montreal-born singer’s hits included Suzanne and I’m Your Man and he released his 14th album, You Want It Darker, just last month.

‘High priest of pathos’

Media captionLeonard Cohen’s once-forgotten classic Hallelujah eventually became his most famous work

Leonard Cohen was called “the high priest of pathos” and the “godfather of gloom”

But the influence and appeal of this poet, novelist, songwriter and legendary ladies’ man has endured throughout his career.

Often prone to depression throughout his life, is often, witty, charming and self-deprecating manner was reflected in his lyrics.

Obituary: Leonard Cohen

Record label Sony Music said it was proud to have “celebrated Cohen’s artistry” over his six-decade career.

“Leonard Cohen was an unparalleled artist whose stunning body of original work has been embraced by generations of fans and artists alike,” it said in a statement.

“The Sony Music Canada family joins the world in mourning Leonard Cohen’s passing.”

Singers and writers paid tribute to Cohen on social media.

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