Leonard Cohen Sadly Died Monday, November 7, 2016. The iconic poet-singer-songwriter provided 50 Years of Brilliant Music.

​Atlanta Entertainment and Concert Photographer and Atlanta Portrait Photography by Robb Cohen Photography & Video takes photos of Leonard Cohen at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, March 22, 2013 in Atlanta, GA, shooting for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AJC and Associated Press. Robb also specializes as a On-Site Portrait photographer, Corporate Event Photographer, Convention Photographer and produces Corporate Event, Convention and Trade Show Promotional Videos.

Leonard Cohen, the hugely influential singer and songwriter whose work spanned nearly 50 years, died Monday, November 7, 2016, at the age of 82. Cohen's label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed his death on the singer's Facebook page Thursday evening.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," the statement read. "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." A cause of death was not given. After an epic tour, the singer fell into poor health. But he dug deep and came up with a powerful new album "My father passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records," Cohen's son Adam wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone. "He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor."

Leonard Norman Cohen was born on September 21st, 1934, in Westmount, Quebec. He learned guitar as a teenager and formed a folk group called the Buckskin Boys. Early exposure to Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca turned him toward poetry – while a flamenco guitar teacher convinced him to trade steel strings for nylon. After graduating from McGill University, Cohen moved to the Greek island of Hydra, where he purchased a house for $1,500 with the help of a modest trust fund established by his father, who died when Leonard was nine. While living on Hydra, Cohen published the poetry collection Flowers for Hitler (1964) and the novels The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966).Frustrated by poor book sales, and tired of working in Montreal's garment industry, Cohen visited New York in 1966 to investigate the city's robust folk-rock scene. He met folk singer Judy Collins, who later that year included two of his songs, including the early hit "Suzanne," on her album In My Life. His New York milieu included Andy Warhol, the Velvet Underground, and, most importantly, the haunting German singer Nico, whose despondent delivery he may have emulated on his exquisite 1967 album Songs of Leonard Cohen.

Cohen's haunting bass voice, nylon-stringed guitar patterns and Greek-chorus backing vocals shaped evocative songs that dealt with love and hate, sex and spirituality, war and peace, ecstasy and depression. He was also the rare artist of his generation to enjoy artistic success into his Eighties, releasing his final album, You Want It Darker, earlier this year."I never had the sense that there was an end," he said in 1992. "That there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot.""For many of us, Leonard Cohen was the greatest songwriter of them all," Nick Cave, who covered Cohen classics like "Avalanche," "I'm Your Man" and "Suzanne," said in a statement. "Utterly unique and impossible to imitate no matter how hard we tried. He will be deeply missed by so many."

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Comments 12

Guest - Maryssanderson@gmail.com on Monday, 14 November 2016 02:48

Loved Leonard Cohen
Great photography here
Thanks
Ms

Loved Leonard Cohen Great photography here Thanks Ms
Robb Cohen on Friday, 23 December 2016 15:08

Thank you very much, Ms!

Thank you very much, Ms!
Guest - Famous Amos O'Reilly on Thursday, 22 December 2016 19:04

What a tragic loss to the music industry.

What a tragic loss to the music industry.
Robb Cohen on Friday, 23 December 2016 15:09

Indeed, we lost so many great musicians this year...

Indeed, we lost so many great musicians this year...
Guest - Cindy on Friday, 23 December 2016 20:29

He will be missed. Thanks for posting these great pics.

He will be missed. Thanks for posting these great pics.
Robb Cohen on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:07

Yes, he certainly will be missed.

Yes, he certainly will be missed.
Guest - Marty on Thursday, 05 January 2017 04:45

So sad to lose another icon. Nice tribute post.

So sad to lose another icon. Nice tribute post.
Robb Cohen on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:07

Thank you, Marty!

Thank you, Marty!
Guest - Rabecca on Thursday, 05 January 2017 05:08

Thank you for sharing your photos of him.

Thank you for sharing your photos of him.
Robb Cohen on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:08

My pleasure, Rebecca.

My pleasure, Rebecca.
Guest - Brittany on Friday, 27 January 2017 13:34

We lost so many greats last year..

We lost so many greats last year..
Robb Cohen on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:08

It was a sad year for music.

It was a sad year for music.
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