Lou Reed, whose groundbreaking work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960's paved the way for punk rock, died on Sunday (October 27th) in Southampton, New York, at age 71, according to Billboard. Although no cause of death has been reported, Reed revealed last June that in April, he had undergone a successful liver transplant at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic. He last appeared in public with photographer Mick Rock on October 3rd to help promote the book Transformer, which chronicled Reed's iconic early-'70s period. Reed appeared gaunt and discolored in the photos of the New York City event. Reed is survived by his wife since 2008, musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson. Reed had previously been married to British designer Sylvia Morales throughout the 1980's. Memorial plans are still pending.
John Cale, who co-founded the Velvet Underground with Reed, posted a tribute on his Facebook page, stating, "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet. . . I've lost my 'school-yard buddy.'"
Velvets drummer Maureen Tucker told CNN that Reed was "generous, encouraging and thoughtful." (Working with him) "sometimes could be trying" (to some people, but) "never to me. I guess we learned from each other. We all learned from each other."
FRIENDS AND FANS REACT ON TWITTER
The Who: "R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side."
Steven Tyler: "RIP TO A GREAT FRIEND A FELLOW MUSICIAN. FROM MAXES TO THE MASSES YOU MADE THE WORLD SING. I LOVE YOU LOU!"
John Densmore: "The soul of NYC has broken on thru. Much respect, Lou, john densmore"
Peter Frampton: "RIP Lou Reed very sad news"
Guns N' Roses: "'"I'm an artist and I can be as egotistical as I want to be' RIP Lou Reed"
Billy Idol: "R.I.P. Lou Reed & thank you & the Velvets. U were my inspiration in the '70's, 4 without you there would have been no punk rock!"
Dave Navarro: F***! One of my all time heroes and friends has passed. RIP Lou!"
Motorhead: "Rest In Peace to Lou Reed. You will be missed!"
Flea: "I love Lou reed so much. Always"
Paul Stanley: "RIP Lou Reed. A musician, artist and trailblazer who played by his own rules."
Weezer: "R.I.P Lou Reed - VU was a big influence when weezer was being formed, and Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him."
Justin Timberlake: "RIP Lou Reed"
Jim James: "RIP Lou Reed. you made the world a better place. we are forever grateful."
Russell Simmons: "RIP Lou Reed. New York lost one of our greatest gifts today..."
Questlove Jenkins: "Awww damn....Lou Reed died?"
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