“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement read. “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.” A cause of death was not given.
Mr. Cohen was a life-long manipulator of his own image, and regarded all appearances as suspect. He courted paradox, sometimes brutally, and wrote poems and songs designed to pull the rug out from under us all. And yet long before the end, his fans saw him as a wise and comforting presence. Even when he told us that life was a gory riddle with no solution, we received that old news as if it were a benediction.
If the man did nothing else he would be famous for this, the greatest song ever written in my opinion.
Another genius song with lyrics from the genius poet that Cohan was. He did things on his own terms.
It's a sad day to lose this great Canadian but in truth he is immortal as his brilliant songs and contributions to Canadian and world music will never be forgotten.