Leonard Cohen, Whose ‘Hallelujah’ Lifted Vancouver Olympics, Dies At 82

by NESN Staff

November 10, 2016

The music world lost a legend Thursday, and his unique influence was felt even in the sports world.

Iconic singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82, his official Facebook page confirmed Thursday night.

The Canada native came onto the music scene in the 1960s, laying the foundation for a five-decade-long career as one of the most influential people in the industry. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Cohen wrote and performed many songs over his career, but perhaps none are more famous than “Hallelujah,” his 1984 song that since has been covered by countless artists. One of the best renditions of “Hallelujah” came at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, when Canadian singer K.D. Lang performed Cohen’s masterpiece at the Opening Ceremony.

Cohen had been in poor health before his death but released his 14th and final album, “You Want It Darker,” just a few weeks ago on Oct. 21.

Thumbnail photo via YouTube/LeonardCohenVEVO

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