Leonard Cohen, influential singer-songwriter, dies at 82

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(CBS) — Influential singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen died Thursday, according to his official Facebook page. He was 82.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the Facebook post 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 post said.

His most well-known song “Hallelujah,” a cultural staple, has been covered many times over the years — among the artists who have covered it are Bon Jovi, Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor, Michael McDonald, Norah Jones, Justin Timberlake, k.d. lang, Brandi Carlile, Susan Boyle, Bono, Willie Nelson and Renee Fleming. It was featured in the movie “Shrek” and TV’s “The O.C.,” “The West Wing” and “American Idol.” And outside of the entertainment world, “Hallelujah” has also been used at Jewish and Christian religious services.

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