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A singer-songwriter whose literary sensibility and elegant dissections of desire made him one of popular music’s most influential and admired figures for four decades, has died.

Leonard Cohen was 82. The cause of death was not released.

 Elton, who covered Leonard’s I’m Your Man on the 1996 tribute album called Tower of Song, wrote on Instagram:
 
”Woke up to the saddest news. Leonard Cohen was unique – a giant of a man and a brilliant songwriter. Irreplaceable. Loved him and his wonderful music.”
 
Justin Timberlake tweeted: ”A spirit and soul beyond compare.”
 
Others taking to Twitter included Ron Howard, who called Cohen of his ”favourite singer-poets,” and Bette Midler, who wrote, ”Leonard Cohen has died. Another magical voice stilled.”
 
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, weighed in as well, saying, ‘‘No other artist’s music felt or sounded like Leonard Cohen’s. Yet his work resonated across generations. Canada and the world will miss him.”

The Montreal native was known for songs like Suzanne, Bird on the Wire and Hallelujah.

He never married but was known for a succession of relationships with accomplished women, including Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Elrod (an artist and the mother of his two children), Rebecca De Mornay and, most recently, singer Anjani Thomas.

The composer was awarded the Companion in the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour, in 2003. In 2008, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2010, he received a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. A year later, Cohen received the Glenn Gould Prize, given for a lifetime contribution to the arts, in 2011.

Columbia Records said in a statement: “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.”

Cohen’s family requested privacy. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date.