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Award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter, and poet Leonard Cohen passed away yesterday at the age of 82.

In a statement to Rolling Stone, Cohen’s son Adam, also a musician, wrote “My father passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles 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 humor.”

The multi-talented artist achieved a rare trifecta of critical acclaim, commercial success, and longevity in his career, which spanned six decades. Throughout his illustrious career, Cohen released 14 albums, 13 books of poetry, two novels, one spoken word poetry album, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, won seven JUNO Awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadians Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and was a Companion of the Order of Canada. We’re exhausted even writing it.

If there is a silver lining that can be found in Cohen’s passing, it’s that he leaves behind an incredible body of work full of words of hope and love, words that are needed now especially at this critical time in politics and global uncertainty.

To celebrate the life and work of Leonard Cohen, we’re all remembering some of his most moving works and words, that they may continue to inspire us well into the future.

 

ON GRIEF

 

ON LOVE

 

ON HOPE

Leonard Cohen #onlyoneprayer

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“First we take Manhattan.”-Leonard Cohen #Cry #Fight #Hallelujah #Onward #ClosingTime

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