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

(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.

Lou Reed.   (PRNewsFoto/Grey)
In this Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009 file photo, Lou Reed performs at Lollapalooza in Chicago.   (AP Photo/John Smierciak, File)
Lou Reed leaves the funeral service for 9-year-old Lily Badger and 7-year-old twins Grace and Sarah Badger at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Lou Reed, left, and Richard Belzer attend the "Breaking Bad" final episodes premiere on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson discuss their roles as co-curators of the annual Vivid Festival in Sydney Friday, May 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
American musician and songwriter Lou Reed, performs on stage, during his concert at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, July 2, 2008.   (AP Photo/Keystine/Eddy Risch)
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