‘Hallelujah’ singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen dies at age 82

Musician Leonard Cohen performs during day one of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2009 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Paul Butterfield/Getty Images)

Musician Leonard Cohen performs during day one of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2009 in Indio, California. (Photo by Paul Butterfield/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES– Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away on Thursday. He was 82 years old.

The news was posted on Cohen’s official Facebook page at about 8:30 p.m.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.”

The Canadian-born artist was already a poet and novelist before he began writing songs. Cohen’s iconic song “Hallelujah” was released in 1984, and has been covered countless times and featured throughout pop culture.

He released 14 studio albums and eight live albums during his career, which stretched nearly 50 years. In 2008, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Many in the music industry, from all genres, were quick to offer their condolences.

A memorial for Cohen will be planned in Los Angeles at a later time.