On Thursday evening, music fans received devastating news that Leonard Cohen, singer, songwriter, novelist, and poet, has died at the age of 82, according to Cohen's official Facebook page. As the news of Cohen's death continues to reverberate throughout the music world, fan reactions to Leonard Cohen's death prove just how deeply the beloved artist will be missed.
Posted a little after 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, Cohen's official Facebook page released a statement, saying:
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.
Cohen's record label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed the artist's death with a separate Facebook post, saying, "Leonard Cohen was an unparalleled artist whose stunning body of original work has been embraced by generations of fans and artists alike. We are proud and feel extremely privileged to have celebrated his artistry over a career spanning six decades. The Sony Music Canada family joins the world in mourning Leonard Cohen’s passing." Cohen's cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
It's difficult to say what the 82-year-old, prolific and multi-talented artist was best known for, as he was talented in numerous artistic areas, created prolific works of art for over 50 years. Some may argue that his 1984 hit, "Hallelujah" is his best song, while others will be quick to point to tracks like his 1988, "I'm Your Man," or his 1979, "Bird On A Wire." One thing is for sure, however, that music-lovers will be mourning his passing for days to come.
Fans took to Twitter to thank Cohen for his contributions to music, literature and beyond, express their grief and lament on the hardship 2016 has arguably provided us all. It's difficult not to think that, perhaps, this year seems hellbent on breaking us by taking away the best amongst us. Here are just a few of the many reactions:
Of course, there is a small comfort in knowing that when life takes away those that have impacted us the most, all we have to do is put on a record or open a book, and we are amongst our friends. RIP Leonard Cohen, and thank you for the beautiful soundtrack that was and will forever be, your life.