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.
Lou Reed.   (PRNewsFoto/Grey)
In this Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009 file photo, Lou Reed performs at Lollapalooza in Chicago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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