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Lou Reed Passes Away at 71


Rest in Peace,
Lou Reed.

Rolling Stone is reporting that the Velvet Underground singer passed away today (October 27) at the age of 71.

The cause of Reed's death is still unknown, though as we previously reported, the iconic singer/songwriter did undergo a liver transplant this past spring.

“I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than ever," Reed wrote on his official website following to procedure. 

Reed, who was born Lewis Allan Reed in Brooklyn in 1942, launched the Velvet Underground in 1964 along with John Cale. While the band did not enjoy initial success, they later developed a cult following, also becoming known for their partnership with pop artist Andy Warhol. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

After the band's breakup, Reed went on to enjoy a long solo career, releasing twenty studio albums between 1972 and 2007 and finding commercial success with the song "Walk on the Wild Side."

Most recently, Reed teamed up with Metallica to record the collaborative album Lulu, which was released in 2011.

Reed is remembered by wife Laurie Anderson, whom he wed in 2008. His death is a huge loss to the Rock and Roll community and he will be immensely missed.