Beloved singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died yesterday (November 10th) at age 82, according to Rolling Stone. The Canadian born Cohen is best known for such enduring standards as "Suzanne," "Bird On A Wire," "Hallelujah"-- which received a new lease on life from Jeff Buckley's celestial 1994 cover -- and his 1977 album, Death Of A Ladies' Man, which was co-written and produced by Phil Spector. Cohen released his last album -- You Want It Darker -- in October. A cause of death was not given.
Cohen's label, Sony Music Canada, notified fans of Cohen's death via his Facebook page, in a statement saying, "It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief."
- The 1995 tribute album called Tower Of Song: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen, featured Bono, Sting with The Chieftains, Don Henley, Elton John, Tori Amos, Billy Joel, Suzanne Vegas, Aaron Neville, Trisha Yearwood, and Peter Gabriel.
- In 2008, Lou Reed inducted Leonard Cohen into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In his speech, Reed explained how important Leonard Cohen was an artist: "'I showed my heart to the doctor. He said I just have to quit. Then he wrote himself a prescription and your name was mentioned in it.' He could've stopped there. He just gets better. We're so lucky to be alive at the same time as Leonard Cohen."
- Leonard Cohen is survived by two adult children.