Leonard Cohen has died at age 82. The Canadian singer and songwriter is known for his popular song "Hallelujah." His death was confirmed by his son who said his father passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles. The cause of Cohen's death has not been revealed. Family, friends, fans, and other mourners gathered for a candle-lit shrine in Montreal, the city where Cohen was born. The singer never married but he had two children, Adam and Lorca, with artist Suzanne Elrod.

Leonard Cohen, singer and songwriter

The 82-year-old was popular mostly in the 1980s, but he performed up until this year. The man with a deep voice released a new album "You Want It Darker" just last month. The singer with his baritone voice was not just a singer and songwriter. He was also a poet and author. Cohen confessed he couldn't make a living as a writer even though he published more than a dozen novels and books of poetry. He once said he got into music to pay the bills. In all, he recorded nearly two dozen albums and won a lot of musical awards during his lifetime.


"Hallelujah" was Cohen's most popular song even though he wrote others. Cohen's son said his father knew he had written his greatest hit when he recorded "Hallelujah" in 1984. Cohen's "Hallelujah" was included in movies, television shows, YouTube videos, reality shows and concerts. The song's popularity increased after it was featured in the film "Shrek" in 2001. Bob Dylan was the first to recognize that "Hallelujah" would become popular.

He performed it twice in his concerts. One performance was in Cohen's native Canada.

The word, "Hallelujah" means "the highest praise." In the song, there are biblical references to David, Bathseba, and Samson. Cohen had written about 80 verses before recording the song. After recording only four verses, they were rejected by his label. He sent several more verses to John Cale, a founding Velvet Underground member, who recorded "Hallelujah" for a 1991 tribute album.

It took Cohen five years to complete the song. It also took many years to find an audience for it.

Most people know about the song, but many people didn't know it was written and sung by Cohen. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement on Thursday that no other artist's music felt or sounded like Leonard Cohen's. He added that his music resonated across generations, and the world will miss him. Have you ever heard the song "Hallelujah"?

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