Leonard Cohen had the heart of a troubadour, the voice of a villain, and the wit of a demon. The influential musician whose career spanned an unbelievable 5 decades has passed away; his death was confirmed by his label, Sony Music Canada, via Facebook:
“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.” No cause of death was given.
While his career began as a folk musician, he quickly differentiated himself with his cutting lyrics that were as biting as they were poetic. Over the decades, his voice morphed into something that was gravely yet still somehow soothing. He never shied away from discussing difficult or controversial political issues in his work. In addition to an extensive discography, Cohen had published several volumes of poetry.
His songs The Future, Waiting for the Miracle, and Anthem were all included on the soundtrack for Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers in 1994. His song Everybody Knows got a boost when it was covered by the band Concrete Blonde for the Pump Up the Volume soundtrack in 1990. Have a look at a few of Cohen’s most recent performances below.
On behalf of everyone at Horror Freak News, our condolences go out to Cohen’s friends, family, and fans. He’ll always be our man.