Leonard Cohen would have been 88 on September 21.
The musical genius died on November 7, 2016 in his sleep after a fall at his home in Los Angeles. At the time of his death, he was 82 years old.
Before his death, he revealed to The New Yorker that he was ready to die.
“I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me,” he told the publication.
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Cohen was a gifted singer, songwriter, poet and novelist who released his first record in 1967.
The highly influential singer had a career that spanned almost 50 years.
In 1984 he released his famous classic, “Hallelujah” – a song that was covered by great musicians such as John Cale, Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright.
It’s the same song that appeared on several films such as “Shrek”, “Lord Of War” and “Watchmen”.
Cohen’s musical career continues to inspire millions of music lovers around the world. The film “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” was produced to mark this fact. It looks at the life and work of Cohen and opened in theaters in the UK on September 1.
Cohen has won several Grammy awards, including the “Grammy Award for Album of the Year” in 2008, the “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2010, the “Grammy Hall of Fame” in 2015, and the “Grammy Award for best rock performance” in 2018.
He has also won Juno Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
Join East Coast Gold this Wednesday as we shine the spotlight on his music, playing some of his greatest hits. Listen now.
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