Leonard Cohen: 1934-2016

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who was also an acclaimed poet and novelist, has died at the age of 82. [15 photos total]

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Leonard Cohen performs at the Glastonbury Festival 2008 in Somerset, southwest England, June 29, 2008. Leonard Cohen, rock music's man of letters whose songs fused religious imagery with themes of redemption and sexual desire, earning him critical and popular acclaim, has died at the age of 82, said a statement on his Facebook page. (REUTERS/Luke MacGregor) #
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Leonard Cohen performs at the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, July 4, 2013. "It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," a statement on the Facebook page said. "We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries." (REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud) #
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Leonard Cohen gestures during a tribute in Gijon, northern Spain, October 19, 2011. Cohen, a native of Quebec, was already a celebrated poet and novelist when he moved to New York in 1966 at age 31 to break into the music business. Before long, critics were comparing him to Bob Dylan for the lyrical force of his songwriting. (REUTERS/Eloy Alonso) #
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Leonard Cohen takes the stage as he is honored at the 2012 Awards for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence awarded to both he and Chuck Berry at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts February 26, 2012. Although he influenced many musicians and won many honors, including induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Order of Canada, Cohen rarely made the pop music charts with his sometimes moody folk-rock. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi) #
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Leonard Cohen acknowledges the audience after receiving the 2011 Prince of Asturias award for Letters from Spain's Crown Prince Felipe during a ceremony at Campoamor theatre in Oviedo, northern Spain, October 21, 2011. But Cohen's most famous song, "Hallelujah," in which he invoked the biblical King David and drew parallels between physical love and a desire for spiritual connection, has been covered hundreds of times since he released it in 1984. (REUTERS/Felix Ordonez) #
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Leonard Cohen cries during a tribute in Gijon, northern Spain, October 19, 2011. (REUTERS/Eloy Alonso) #
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Singer Lou Reed applauds as Leonard Cohen takes the stage as he is inducted during the 23rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York March 10, 2008. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #
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Leonard Cohen holds a 24-carat gold first pressing of "Tower of Song", a new album featuring artists such as Sting, Elton John, Bono and Peter Gabriel performing a selection of songs written by Cohen, August 1, 1995. (REUTERS/Mike Blake) #
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Leonard Cohen performs at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset in south west England June 29, 2008. (REUTERS/Luke MacGregor) #
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Leonard Cohen bows after receiving the rank of Companion in the Order of Canada from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson during a ceremony in Ottawa, October 24, 2003. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
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Leonard Cohen performs at the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, July 4, 2013. (REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud) #
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Leonard Cohen shakes hands with Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia before receiving his award during a reception for the Prince of Asturias Awards winners in Oviedo October 21, 2011. (REUTERS/Felix Ordonez) #
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Leonard Cohen walks to the stage as he is inducted during the 23rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York March 10, 2008. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #
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Leonard Cohen performs at the 42nd Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, July 8, 2008. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse) #
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Leonard Cohen tips his hat to the audience as he accepts the 2012 Awards for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence, which was awarded to both he and Chuck Berry at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, in Boston, Massachusetts February 26, 2012 (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi) #

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