Singer Leonard Cohen dies at 82

Singer Leonard Cohen dies at 82

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Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen has died aged 82.

The news was announced on his official Facebook page, but no details about the cause of death were given.

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

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to the singer, who was known for hits including Hallelujah and Dance Me to the End of Love.

“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen,” Mr Trudeau said in a statement.

“He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations.”

Fans have gathered outside Cohen’s Montreal home to light candles and lay flowers.

Tributes are also being paid on the Greek island of Hydra, where Cohen had a house in the 1960s.

A memorial for Cohen will take place in Los Angeles at a later date, the Facebook announcement added.

The Montreal-born singer’s hits included Suzanne, Bird on the Wire and I’m Your Man.

He released his 14th album, You Want It Darker, just last month.

BBC

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