Leonard Cohen died after fall at his Los Angeles home

Leonard Cohen died in his sleep after a fall at his home in Los Angeles, his manager has said.

The Canadian singer-songwriter died on 7 November at the age of 82. His death was confirmed a few days later in an announcement on his official Facebook page, which gave no details of the circumstances.

On Wednesday, Cohen’s manager, Robert Kory, said his death was unexpected.

“Leonard Cohen died during his sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on 7 November,” Kory said. “The death was sudden, unexpected and peaceful.”

The statement said Cohen is survived by his children, Adam and Lorca, and his three grandchildren, Cassius, Viva and Lyon.

Earlier this week, Adam Cohen said his father’s funeral had taken place in his home city of Montreal.

“My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal. With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he’d asked,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Thank you for your kind messages, for the outpouring of sympathy and for your love of my father.”

A memorial is due to take place in LA at a later date.

Cohen had released his 14th album, You Want It Darker, in October, to five-star reviews.

In an interview that month, Cohen said he was “ready to die”. He told the New Yorker: “I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”

In the same interview, he said he had a vault of unpublished poems and unfinished lyrics to finish and record or publish. “The big change is the proximity to death. I am a tidy kind of guy.

“I like to tie up the strings if I can. If I can’t, that’s OK. But my natural thrust is to finish things that I’ve begun.”

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