One of music’s greats has left us. Legendary musician Lou Reed has died at the age of 71 after a failed liver transplant.
On Sunday (oct 27) Rolling Stone reported that Lou Reed had passed away. The Guardian followed behind confirming the news, and citing Reed’s agent. The BBC also confirmed the report though his exact cause of death was not immediately revealed, but the AP said it was a “liver-related ailment.”
Reed, who was only 71, had undergone a life-saving liver transplant after experiencing chronic liver failure earlier this year.
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Reed was open about his addiction to drugs and alcohol in his music. He’d been sober for decades, but his past drug use took a heavy toll on his body. In “Heroin,” he wrote: “Heroin, be the death of me/Heroin, it’s my wife and it’s my life.”
Reed is best known for his work as guitarist, singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground, and his solo career. Reed had a profound impact on American culture, introducing avant garde rock and pop art to mainstream music. His work with Andy Warhol is noted as one of the most important collaborations in contemporary culture.
Though the Velvet Underground saw limited commercial success in the 60s, their popularity grew tremendously in the subsequent decades. Rolling Stone named their eponymous album the 13th greatest of all time and in 1996, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Thank you Mr. Lou Reed for all the great music and your groundbreaking sounds with the punk scene. You will be missed sir! RIP.
We leave you with a Lou Reed classic “A Walk On The Wild Side”: