Leonard Cohen says he's 'ready to die'

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The "godfather of gloom" -- also known as Leonard Cohen -- recently revealed to The New Yorker that he feels he is, in fact, prepared to embrace the end. "I am ready to die," he told the magazine. "I hope it's not too uncomfortable. That's about it for me." Currently, Cohen is gearing up for the release of his latest album You Want It Darker out Oct. 21, and his recent revelation proves just how dark he can get.

Elsewhere in the profile, Cohen discussed his past work, which includes a surplus of unfinished poems and songs he said he doesn't think he will be able to finish in the coming years. Though he quickly continued, "Maybe, who knows? And maybe I'll get a second wind, I don't know... I've got some work to do. Take care of business."

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Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. (Photo by DENIZE alain/Sygma via Getty Images)
CANADA - CIRCA 1900: Leonard Cohen (Photo by Andrew Stawicki/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Leonard Cohen Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
ISLE OF WIGHT, UK - AUGUST 30: Canadian singer Leonard Cohen performs on stage at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 30 1970. (Photo by Tony Russell/Redferns)
Leonard Cohen, portrait, London, June 1974. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 11: ROTTERDAM Photo of Leonard COHEN, performing live onstage at De Doelen (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES, CA - 1987: Singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen poses during a 1987 Los Angeles, California photo portrait session. Cohen was riding a wave of popularity in 1987 following the release of Jennifer Warren's 'Famous Blue Raincoat' album of his songs. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 18: Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen at a photo shoot on July 18, 1988 in New York City. (Photo by Waring Abbott/Getty Images)
Canadian singer, songwriter, composer, writer and poet Leonard Cohen during the filming of a music clip by the French photographer Dominique Issermann. (Photo by Eric Préau/Sygma via Getty Images)
Leonard Cohen (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MAY 18: Poet and musician Leonard Cohen poses in New York on Thursday, May 18, 2006. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Leonard Cohen during 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival - 'Leonard Cohen: IÂm Your Man' at John Ansen Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for LIONSGATE)
Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, inductee, poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria on March 10, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
CANADA - JUNE 23: Leonard Cohen performs in Montreal, Canada on June 23th, 2008 (Photo by Pedro RUIZ/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 29: Leonard Cohen performs on the Pyramid stage during day three of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 29, 2008 in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Leonard Cohen performs live at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, Holland on November 03 2008 (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
WEYBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Leonard Cohen performs on stage at Mercedes-Benz World on July 11, 2009 in Weybridge, England. (Photo by Matt Kent/Redferns)
Canadian singer Leonard Cohen arrives at the Jovellanos Theatre for the concert 'A Tribute to Leonard Cohen' in Gijon, on October 19, 2011. Cohen will receive the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters from Spain's Crown Prince Felipe during a ceremony on October 21, 2011 in Oviedo. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
OVIEDO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 21: Canadian singer Leonard Cohen attends 'Principe de Asturias' awards 2011 ceremony at the Campoamor Theatre on October 21, 2011 in Oviedo, Spain. (Photo by Carlos R. Alvarez/WireImage)
OVIEDO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 21: Canadian singer Leonard Cohen attends the 'Prince of Asturias Awards 2011' ceremony at the Campoamor Theater on October 21, 2011 in Oviedo, Spain. (Photo by Carlos R. Alvarez/WireImage)
Leonard Cohen In Concert At Wembley Arena, London, Britain - 09 Sep 2012, Leonard Cohen (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 30: Leonard Cohen performs in concert at the Louisville Palace on March 30, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)
Leonard Cohen In Concert At The O2 Arena, London, Britain - 15 Sep 2013, Leonard Cohen (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)

Such sentiment is also expressed on the upcoming album's title track, in which Cohen sings, "I'm ready, my Lord." Cohen's health has been declining in recent years, and in July, he wrote a letter to his frequent writing inspiration Marianne Ihlen (who died shortly after) stating "Well Marianne, it's come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine."

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