Leg­endary singer­song­writer Leonard Cohen dies

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Leonard Cohen, the bari­tonevoiced Cana­dian singer-song­writer who seam­lessly blended spir­i­tu­al­ity and sex­u­al­ity in songs like Hal­lelu­jah, Suzanne and Bird on a Wire, has died at age 82, his son said late on Thurs­day.

“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. He was writ­ing up un­til his last mo­ments with his unique brand of hu­mour,” his son Adam told Rolling Stone.

Cohen passed away and a me­mo­rial will take place in Los An­ge­les at a later date, Cather­ine McNelly, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from his record la­bel, said on Thurs­day. No fur­ther de­tails on his death were given.

Cohen, also renowned as a poet, nov­el­ist and as­pir­ing Zen monk, blended folk mu­sic with a darker, sex­ual edge that won him fans around the world and among fel­low mu­si­cians like Bob Dy­lan and R.E.M.

He re­mained wildly pop­u­lar into his 80s, when his deep voice plunged to se­ri­ously grav­elly depths. He toured as re­cently as ear­lier this year and re­leased a new al­bum, You Want it Darker, just last month.

His Hal­lelu­jah went from cult hit to mod­ern stan­dard, now an un­end­ing sta­ple on movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, re­al­ity shows and high school choir con­certs.

Cohen, who once said he got into mu­sic be­cause he couldn’t make a liv­ing as a poet, rose to promi­nence dur­ing the folk mu­sic re­vival of the 1960s. Dur­ing those years, he trav­eled the folk cir­cuit with younger artists like Dy­lan, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and oth­ers.

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