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Leonard Cohen died from a fall, his manager confirms

New Yorker journalist David Remnick last week said the singer was in deep pain from cancer, however.

Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen
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SINGER-SONGWRITER LEONARD Cohen died in his sleep after falling down in the middle of the night at his Los Angeles home, his manager said last night.

“The death was sudden, unexpected and peaceful,” manager Robert B. Kory said in a statement.

The details from Kory provided the first glimpse of how Cohen died.

No cause was given last week in the initial announcement of his death, although David Remnick – who interviewed Cohen earlier this year for The New Yorker magazine – told the magazine’s Radio Hour he had been in “deep pain” suffering from cancer during their interview.

The statement also said that Cohen died on 7 November – three days before his passing was made public, and before the election of Donald Trump

The singer, songwriter and poet behind Hallelujah, Suzanne, the Tower of Song, and First We Take Manhattan, Then We Take Berlin was 82 when he died.

Cohen had been in declining health for much of the year, though he revealed few details.

Music - Leonard Cohen Cohen in 1975. Source: EMPICS Entertainment

He is survived by his children, Adam and Lorca, and his three grandchildren, Cassius, Viva and Lyon, the statement said.

Cohen was buried in Montreal in a small ceremony on 10 November, the same day his death was announced.

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“With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father,” Adam Cohen wrote in a statement last week.

Cohen’s representatives say a memorial in Los Angeles is being planned.

Last month he released his 14th album, You Want It Darker.

With reporting from Darragh Peter Murphy.

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