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By Phil Helsel

Canadian poet and music legend Leonard Cohen died in his sleep last week after suffering a fall in the middle of the night, his manager said Wednesday.

"The death was sudden, unexpected, and peaceful," Robert Kory, president of RK Management, said in a statement sent to NBC News, which was also posted to a fan website. The statement said the fall was on Nov. 7.

The death of Cohen, 82, was announced last Thursday. His most famous song, "Hallelujah" has been covered hundreds of times since he released it in 1984.

Cohen’s influence on musicians and other artists has been compared to Bob Dylan’s, and he was awarded Canada’s highest civilian honor, as well as numerous other awards. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Cohen is survived by his children Adam and Lorca, and three grandchildren. When his death was announced, a post on the artist’s Facebook page said a memorial service in Los Angeles would be announced at a later date.

Adam Cohen said in a Saturday post on his verified Facebook account that Cohen was buried in Montreal with immediate family members 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," the post said.

"Thank you for your kind messages, for the outpouring of sympathy and for your love of my father," he continued.