Lou Reed Dead at 71
Velvet Underground veteran had liver transplant in May
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2013 12:47 PM CDT
Lou Reed.   (PRNewsFoto/Grey)

(Newser) – Iconic rocker Lou Reed has died today at the age of 71, reports Rolling Stone in a lengthy obituary celebrating the "massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music." No cause of death was immediately released, but Reed underwent a life-saving liver transplant in May. Reed made his name in the '60s with the Velvet Underground, churning out such classics as "Rock & Roll" and "Sweet Jane" and hobnobbing with Andy Warhol, before meandering through a solo career without which "glam, punk, and alternative rock are all unthinkable." Click for the full obituary.

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9SEABEE
Oct 30, 2013 2:30 AM CDT
I love the sax solo on "walk on the wild side". It was played by Ronnie Ross.
ThinkStraightAmerica
Oct 28, 2013 8:01 PM CDT
RIP LOU, singing the black girls go do do do do do do do do do do,,,,
Norman Johnson
Oct 28, 2013 4:35 PM CDT
Ol' Lou, there will never be another one like him.He should'a kicked the heroin habit sooner.Might never have needed a liver transplant.That Rock and Roll Animal album of 1974 was the bomb, spectacular,and stupendous!Came from outta nowhere and blew everyone away! Baby!RIP Mr. Reed.