Although he was 82, Leonard Cohen's death last week seemed to come from out of the blue, especially considering he had just released what is now his final album, 'You Want It Darker'.
As it so happens, the end came quite suddenly for Cohen, too, as it has been revealed that he died in his sleep after a fall during the night.
Cohen had been battling cancer in recent times, but his manager Robert B. Kory yesterday gave more details about his death, saying in a statement: "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.”
The New York Times also reports that Cohen was working on two other musical projects - one, an album of string arrangements of his songs, and another collection inspired by "old rhythm and blues songs" - and a collection of poetry before he died. They quote producer, songwriter and collaborator Patrick Leonard as saying: "“He felt the window getting narrower. He wanted to use the time as productively as he could to finish the work that he was so good at and so devoted to.”