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'Don't be a magician - be magic!' Leonard Cohen dies at 82

'Don't be a magician - be magic!' Leonard Cohen dies at 82

Israel's president and prime minister both paid tribute to the Canadian Jewish singer and poet Leonard Cohen, who died at the age of 82.

Cohen's label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed the news on the singer's Facebook page late Thursday night.

"It is with great sadness that we must report Leonard passed away on Monday, November 7. He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humour", his son told Rolling Stone.

Cohen, a native of Quebec, was already a celebrated poet and novelist when he moved to NY in 1966 at age 31 to break into the music business.

As more and more flowers and candles amassed on the stairs of the musician's doorstep, a simple homemade sign fastened to his door with letters spelling out "Hallelujah", one of Cohen's most-classic songs, peacefully blew in the evening's chilly wind.

Local rock journalist, John Einarson, said he was shocked to hear of the icon's death, especially since Cohen had just released an album. Last month, however, he told Billboard that he was being dramatic with that comment and said, "I intend to live forever".

The cause of death and the exact time were not mentioned.

Needless to say, Leonard Cohen's prophetic wisdom and moody music will be deeply missed by many, especially in a year where we need more guidance than ever. He studied music and poetry at an early age, eventually attending McGill University.

Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release of Ten New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. His other notable tracks are numerous and deserve equal fame, including "Bird on a Wire", "Suzanne", "Dance Me to the End of Love", "I'm Your Man", and "So Long, Marianne". From 1967 album "Songs of Leonard Cohen".

In the New Yorker profile dated October 17, Cohen hinted he was feeling unwell and struggling to finish songs he had been working on.

Known best for his famous biblical song "Hallelujah", a number of Cohen's other songs were made popular by other well-known artists.

"Singer Jennifer Hudson shared a clip of her covering Cohen's 'Hallelujah".

"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".