Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet and novelist who became a singular international presence as a singer-songwriter, died on Nov. 10, 2016. He was 82. Here he poses in Germany in 1976.
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Born Sept. 21, 1934, he formed a country music group called the Buckskin Boys while still in his teens. He was attending McGill University when his poetry book, "Let Us Compare Mythologies," was published in 1956 to critical acclaim. His first novel, "The Favourite Game" came out in 1963.
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Cohen, a renowned poet, novelist and aspiring Zen monk, blended folk music with a darker, sexual edge that won him fans around the world and among fellow musicians like Bob Dylan and R.E.M. His ability to seamlessly blend spirituality and sexuality in songs like "Hallelujah," ''Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire."
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Cohen remained wildly popular into his 80s, when his deep voice plunged to seriously gravelly depths. He toured as recently as earlier this year and released a new album, "You Want it Darker," just last month. Adam Cohen said his father died with the knowledge that he'd made one of his greatest records.
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Leonard Cohen performs during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival held at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2009 in Indio, California.
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Leonard Cohen attends the "Prince of Asturias Awards 2011" ceremony at the Campoamor Theater on Oct. 21, 2011 in Oviedo, Spain.
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Cohen performs at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 18, 2012 in New York City.
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Leonard Cohen bows after receiving the rank of Companion in the Order of Canada from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson during a ceremony in Ottawa, Oct. 24, 2003. The award is the country's highest honor for lifetime achievement in various fields of human endeavor.
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Leonard Cohen cries during a tribute in Gijon, northern Spain on Oct. 19, 2011. He never won a Grammy, but he won countless other awards, including being named a companion of the Order of Canada in 1991, his native country's highest civilian honor.
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Leonard Cohen gestures during a tribute in Gijon, northern Spain on October 19, 2011. "No other artist's music felt or sounded like Leonard Cohen's," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement Thursday. "Yet his work resonated across generations. Canada and the world will miss him."