He even said after the last album release: “I’ve got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.” His style first became popular in the 1960s with the release of his debut album Songs Of Leonard Cohen. It featured a song that was to become a long-time favourite, Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye. Sony Music Canada, his record label, said now at his death: “Leonard Cohen was an unparalleled artist whose stunning body of original work has been embraced by generations of fans and artists alike.” Cohen was born in Canada in 1934, and away from his musical career enjoyed critical acclaim as a poet and novelist.