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RIP Leonard Cohen: Watch his final NYC shows in 2012 and 2013

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Andrew Frisicano

As if 2016 couldn't get any more grim, another legendary musician has left us: Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82. As his label Sony wrote on Cohen's Facebook page:

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief."

Cohen emerged as an uncommonly poetic singer-songwriter in the late-'60s, releasing his debut album in 1967 at the age of 33 (a role model of late-bloomers everywhere). He continued to produce music up until this year: His final album, You Want It Darker, came out less than a month ago.

Our colleagues at Time Out London summed up Cohen's legacy in five songs, but here we've chosen to reflect on the performer's legacy by revisiting his last concerts in NYC. In his 70s, Cohen was filling stadiums and arenas. He played his final gigs in the five boroughs at Radio City Music Hall, Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden in 2012 and 2013.

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