Could 2016 just quit already? It's just been announced that iconic Canadian musician Leonard Cohen has passed away at 82 years old. The sad announcement came via his Facebook page just under an hour ago.

The prodigiously talented singer-songwriter was known for his achingly poetic lyrics and his emergence in the '60s alongside other influential musicians like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. The Quebec-born artist enjoyed a career spanning fifty years and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 and awarded a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2003.

While he was also a published author and poet, and painter - perhaps for a generation of millennials and Gen Xers, he was also the man who wrote the haunting and transcendent  'Hallelujah'. The song is arguably his most famous work and was famously performed by the late Jeff Buckley on his seminal 1994 album Grace. In a hauntaing send off similar to David Bowie's final LP, Cohen's last album You Want It Darker was released just three weeks ago. He leaves behind two children.

Pay tribute to the legend by watching this clip of Cohen performing 'Hallelujah' below.

Breaking: musician Leonard Cohen passes away, aged 82