by Travis Lupick of the Georgia Straight November 10th, 2016 at 5:50 PM
Legendary Canadian poet and musician Leonard Cohen has passed away.
The Grammy-winning artist, whose accolades included a lifetime achievement award, was 82 years old.
The news of his passing was confirmed via Sony Music Canada and the artist’s official Facebook page.
“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” reads a message posted there.
“We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries,” it continues. “A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.”
Cohen released his last album just last month, on October 16. Titled You Want It Darker, it was his 14th full-length recording.
At the time of writing, an official cause of death had not yet been made public.
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Apparently, he was an important personality.
The National Post bumped their regular numerous photos and fawning stories of Justin Trudeau off their main web page to feature this artist that only the media elite seems to care about.
@oh brother. Im not sure I get the intent of your post BUT if you’re insinuating that Mr Cohen wasnt a great Canadian treasure you are woefully uninformed.
@13. Agree 100 per cent. RIP LC.
Kudos to Sam Feldman for Leonard’s manager reins after his longtime agent drained his savings. Sam helped Leonard re-start his career and restore his wealth with a combination of fine new work coupled with musically ambitious world tours. A big thanks to Sam for assisting Leonard to achieve that rarity in popular culture–a third act.
If memory serves, Leonard entrusted his career to Sam and his partner Stephen Macklam about 11 years ago. He subsequently went to Los Angeles managers. But Macklam and Feldman were among the first to coordinate the first world tour that got Cohen back on his financial feet.