Lou Reed Dead at 71
Rocker Lou Reed, who canceled much-anticipated appearances at SoCal's Coachella festival in April before it was revealed that he had undergone a liver transplant, died in Southampton, New York today, sources close to him confirmed to various news organizations.
The New York Times says the hard-living artist, influential in the evolution of rock from white kids' versions of blues and R&B to something artistically unsettling and punk, indeed died of liver disease:
He shocked with songs like "Heroin" and "Walk on the Wild Side," the latter his only top 10 hit. But perhaps his greatest influence, both with the Andy Warhol-sponsored Velvet Underground in the late 1960s and then on his own as a solo artist, was in pushing other bands to challenge the pop status quo and laying the groundwork for new forms of rock.
Lou Reed, iconic rock star, died today at 71 pic.twitter.com/M4E3ewiXUI— ClassicPics (@History_Pics) October 27, 2013
Brian Eno has said, "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band."
Reed was married to music artist Laurie Anderson.
Today musicians and celebrities in L.A. lamented his passing.
I met Lou Reed and told him he gave me tinnitus at a concert in 1989 that never went away and it was worth it. Dirty Blvd. Love to Lou.— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 27, 2013
Rest in peace, Lou Reed. Your musical influence will never be forgotten.— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 27, 2013
Rest In Peace Lou Reed pic.twitter.com/KZZiIhN0sv— El Rey Theatre (@elreytheatre) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed was carried away on a Satellite of Love to the Dirty Little Boulevard in the sky. (Sorry, couldn't resist) He's in the pantheo ...— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) October 27, 2013
Just a perfect day You made me forget myself I thought I was someone else Someone good. X Lou Reed— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 27, 2013