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Leonard Cohen Died In His Sleep Following A Fall At His Home, Manager Confirms

'The death was sudden, unexpected and peaceful.'

17/11/2016 07:33 | Updated 17 November 2016

Leonard Cohen’s manager has revealed more details around the legendary singer-songwriter’s death last week at the age of 82.

No exact cause of death was confirmed at the time, but it’s now been revealed the ‘Hallelujah’ singer died “peacefully” in his sleep following a fall at his home.

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In a statement, Robert B. Kory said: “Leonard Cohen died during his sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on Nov. 7.

“The death was sudden, unexpected and peaceful.”

His low key funeral was held last Thursday at Montreal’s Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery, which was attended with just immediate family and close friends.

His son Adam later told fans the funeral was “exactly as he’d asked”.

Writing on Facebook, Adam said: “My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal. 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. Exactly as he’d asked.”

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Adam also paid tribute to his father’s “dignity and elegance”, thanking him for everything he had passed on to him during his life.

He wrote: “As I write this I’m thinking of my father’s unique blend of self-deprecation and dignity, his approachable elegance, his charisma without audacity, his old-world gentlemanliness and the hand-forged tower of his work.

“There’s so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time. I’d thank him for the comfort he always provided, for the wisdom he dispensed, for the marathon conversations, for his dazzling wit and humor.

“I’d thank him for giving me, and teaching me to love Montreal and Greece. And I’d thank him for music; first for his music which seduced me as a boy, then for his encouragement of my own music, and finally for the privilege of being able to make music with him.”

He concluded by thanking fans for their support, writing: “Thank you for your kind messages, for the outpouring of sympathy and for your love of my father.”

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