Legendary Canadian singer, songwriter, and author Leonard Cohen died on the eve of Remembrance Day at 82 years old. But his rich, baritone voice lives on: listen to him recite the iconic poem In Flanders Fields, a recording that’s resurfaced as Canadians honour veterans on Nov. 11.
Last year, Cohen read the poem written by Canadian doctor and soldier Lt.-Col. John McCrae for Legion Magazine. The publication posted it on YouTube in in October 2015 to mark Nov. 11, weeks later.
In Flanders Fields is a gripping poem commemorating those who made the ultimate sacrifice and fought in the First World War for their country. With Cohen’s deep, sombre voice, the verses are chilling.
WATCH: Legendary Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and author Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82.
At 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday, the news about Cohen’s death was announced. So far, there is no cause of death being reported.
“We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries,” the statement read.
Cohen, who was born in Quebec in 1934, was revered not only across Canada but around the world. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has been called one of the most influential authors of our time. He was also a companion of the Order of Canada.
- With files from Global News Rebecca Joseph