Leonard Cohen’s death was announced to the public on Friday night, and today, Cohen’s manager Robert B. Kory has released a statement revealing his cause of death, The New York Times reports. “Leonard Cohen died during his sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on Nov. 7,” Kory wrote. “The death was sudden, unexpected and peaceful.” The New Yorker reported on their radio program that Cohen had been battling cancer, and Cohen talked about his declining health in his recent interview with the magazine.
Cohen recently released his final studio LP, You Want It Darker where he addressed the end of his life. He was frank about his opinions on his unfinished work in an interview with the New Yorker, where he said, “I don’t think I’ll be able to finish those songs. Maybe, who knows? And maybe I’ll get a second wind, I don’t know… I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.” He took back the quote later, telling fans, “I’ve always been into self-dramatization. I intend to live forever.”