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Leonard Cohen: Music world pays tribute after legendary songwriter dies aged 82

Arcade Fire, John Cale, A Tribe Called Quest and more pay their respects.

Tributes are pouring in this morning for iconic songwriter Leonard Cohen, who died last night aged 82.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” a statement from Cohen’s family said on the artist’s Facebook page in the early hours of this morning. “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.”

Cohen’s son Adam told Rolling Stone the musician had died “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 manager Robert Kory added: “Unmatched in his creativity, insight and crippling candour, Leonard Cohen was a true visionary whose voice will be sorely missed. I was blessed to call him a friend, and for me to serve that bold artistic spirit firsthand, was a privilege and great gift. He leaves behind a legacy of work that will bring insight, inspiration and healing for generations to come.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meanwhile praised the “remarkable Montrealer” for reaching “the highest of artistic achievement, both as an acclaimed poet and a world-renowned singer-songwriter. 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.”

Here’s what the world of music has had to say about the songwriter’s death and his legacy. We’ll be updating this page throughout the day as more tributes come in.

Dog…*sigh* all due respect to the gawd. #LeonardCohen

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