Singer and poet Leonard Cohen performs at the piazza Santa Croce in Florence, Italy, on Sept. 1, 2010. Cohen died Thursday at the age of 82. (Courtesy photo)

Night comes on for Leonard Cohen, dead at 82

Leonard Cohen, the legendary Canadian singer and poet, has died at 82.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” reads a statement on Cohen’s Facebook page. “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.”

The news comes less than a month after the poet released a new album called “You Want it Darker.”

Cohen is the writer of “Hallelujah,” a standout from his 1984 album “Various Positions” that has since been widely covered. “Hallelujah” came to the public spotlight through artists like the late Jeff Buckley.

He is also behind the popular songs “I’m Your Man,” “Chelsea Hotel” and “So Long, Marianne.”

Over the summer, Cohen made headlines when he wrote a letter to the subject of the latter song, Marianne Ihlen.

“‘Well Marianne it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine,” Cohen reportedly wrote.

“‘And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.'”

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