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Lou Reed

Dead at 71

10/27/2013 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rock legend and Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed died this morning at the age of 71 ... according to reports.

Details surrounding Reed's death are unclear, but he underwent a liver transplant back in May. As TMZ first reported ... complications from the surgery landed him in the ER in late June.

Lou wrote a majority of the Velvet Underground hits, and went on to have success in his solo career -- with 1972's "Walk on the Wild Side" being his most commercial hit.



Rolling Stone first reported Reed's death.

Although VU never achieved pop success ... the band is widely considered one of the most influential bands in punk and glam rock history.

We know you're singing it right now -- "Doo do doo, doo do doo, doo do doo"



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Grandma Cracker    

Oh no.....RIP....this makes me so sad...........

175 days ago
2.

Azi    

I'm totally bummed out now !

175 days ago
3.

Mikey    

Legend. - RIP

175 days ago
4.

nof    

"Little Joe Never Once ... Gave It Away..."


"Thought He Was James Dean For A Day..."

175 days ago
5.

romba    

They shouldn't have wasted a new liver on an alcoholic.

175 days ago
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Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

I blame the liver transplany.

175 days ago
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Stiletto    

A musical legend...it's a shame that these days, any nitwit can be made into a star with autotune and an expensive recording studio...oh, and a heckuva lot of lip synching when "performing" live.

175 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

... and the colored girls go do-da-do-da-do-da-do-da-do-da-do-da-do ...

175 days ago
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paul a.    

"...and all the colored girls go DO DO-DO DO DO-DO DO...." Thanks for the memories LR!

RIP

175 days ago
10.

static    

So long Lou we hardly knew ye.

175 days ago
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Girlsgottareason    

http://en.mediamass.net/people/lou-reed/deathhoax.html

175 days ago
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Girlsgottareason    

For the love of the gods, please someone confirm this from a source other than Rolling Stone!!

175 days ago
13.

budweediii    

R.I.P. and know you were one of the best ever! Sad day for music.

175 days ago
14.

Jules    

I loved Lou Reed, he was an icon to me. I'm so sad:(

May he be blessed and rest I peace.

Thank you, Lou, for sharing all of your coolness and great tunes. Xoxoxox

175 days ago
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namers    

Now I'm sad. He took a Walk on the Wild Side and is now resting in peace.

175 days ago
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