Singer Leonard Cohen dies

Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen performs at the Auditorium Stravinski during the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival on July 5, 2013.  AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen performs at the Auditorium Stravinski during the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival on July 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Singer songwriter Leonard Cohen has died.  He was 82.

His death was announced on his official Facebook page:

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.

Leonard Cohen, the gravelly-voiced Canadian singer-songwriter of “Hallelujah,” ”Suzanne” and “Bird on a Wire,” has died at age 82.

Cohen’s management said in a statement Thursday that he has passed away, and a memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. No further details on his death were given.

Cohen, also renowned as a poet, novelist and aspiring Zen monk, blended folk music with a darker, sexual edge that won him fans around the world and among fellow musicians like Bob Dylan and R.E.M.

He remained wildly popular into his 80s, touring as recently as earlier this year and releasing a new album just last month.

His “Hallelujah” became a cult hit when it was covered by musician Jeff Buckley in 1994, and has become a modern standard since.