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Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet and novelist turned singer and songwriter, has passed away at age 82. No details about the circumstances surrounding his death have been announced.

Cohen's five decades in the music business were marked by deeply felt songs that other performers loved to cover. Among them were "Bird on a Wire" and “Suzanne," and, of course, his best known composition, “Hallelujah." This last number has been recorded by more than 200 artists (from Jeff Buckley to Bob Dylan to Justin Timberlake) and used in a wide range of TV series and movies.

The New Yorker had a wonderful piece about him recently, referring to him as "a troubadour of sadness," which you can read here.
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