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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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16.

stlrockn    

Another 60s/70s Rock icon gone. We have lost several legendary Rock heroes this year. Lou's live version of "Sweet Jane" will outlive us all.
RIP Lou....

175 days ago
17.

CoconutScrimp    

This is the first news in a while that I read about Lou Reed, and it's a sad one. Bummer.

175 days ago
18.

Gmsn79    

I will always walk the Dirty Blvd with you Lou! R.I.P.

175 days ago
19.

devon    

"liver related ailment" called, "i got a transplant and continued to drink and shoot heroin (or do drugs)"

he never looked right. always had that clammy look

175 days ago
20.

Wayne    

TMZ's audience is too young and/or stupid to know who Lou Reed was...

He did more for music than Kanye West or Shawn Carter have ever done.

175 days ago
21.

Sandy Lynn    

Oh no!!!!! This has made me so sad!!!!! :( What a cryin shame!!!!! This is terrible news!!

175 days ago
22.

Sandy Lynn    

This is a very sad day for me.....I loved Lou's music. Walk on the Wild Side Lou...one day I'll be able to see you in concert once again. RIP

175 days ago
23.

TheMoreThingsChange    

Bummed - just saw the new Sony commercial for the PS4 using Reed's "perfect day," then read this news.

175 days ago
24.

Liz     

This ruined my day...

175 days ago
25.

SeelenaM    

Sad, My dad saw him at a place called The Academy of Music back in December of 1973, RIP what a true legend.

175 days ago
26.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Oh! This is terrible news.....

175 days ago
27.

Lucky_130    

For the life he lived, he lived a long time. This guy was a TRUE artist in every sense of the word. RIP Lou

175 days ago
28.

Toytoy    

Hard living will get you in the end....I feel sorry for the family of the person that donated the liver too

175 days ago
29.

miss b    

★★★ DEDICATED TO LOU ★★★


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Ch4O7wmuY


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫


"Heroin" {Lou Reed} ♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ {A better version}


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫


I don't know just where I'm going
But I'm goin' to try for the kingdom if I can
'Cause it makes me feel like I'm a man
When I put a spike into my vein
Then I tell you things aren't quite the same


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫


When I'm rushing on my run
And I feel just like Jesus' son
And I guess I just don't know
And I guess that I just don't know


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫


I have made very big decision
I'm goin' to try to nullify my life
'Cause when the blood begins to flow
When it shoots up the dropper's neck
When I'm closing in on death


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫


You can't help me not you guys
All you sweet girls with all your sweet talk
You can all go take a walk
And I guess I just don't know
And I guess I just don't know


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫


I wish that I was born a thousand years ago
I wish that I'd sailed the darkened seas
On a great big clipper ship
Going from this land here to that
I put on a sailor's suit and cap


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫


Away from the big city
Where a man cannot be free
Of all the evils in this town
And of himself and those around
Oh, and I guess I just don't know
Oh, and I guess I just don't know


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫


Heroin, be the death of me
Heroin, it's my wife and it's my life
Because a mainer to my vein
Leads to a center in my head
And then I'm better off than dead


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫


When the smack begins to flow
Then I really don't care anymore
About all the Jim-Jims in this town
And everybody putting everybody else down
And all of the politicians makin' crazy sounds
All the dead bodies piled up in mounds, yeah


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫


Wow, that Heroin is in my blood
And the blood is in my head
Yeah, thank God that I'm good as dead
Ooohhh, thank your God that I'm not aware
And thank God that I just don't care


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪


And I guess I just don't know
And I guess I just don't know


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪


Wow, that Heroin is in my blood
And the blood is in my head
Yeah, thank God that I'm good as dead


♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♫ ♪♪♫ ♫ ♪♪


Ooohhh, thank your God that I'm not aware
And thank God that I just don't care
And I guess I just don't know
And I guess I just don't know


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Ch4O7wmuY


★★★ RIP LOU REED ★★★

175 days ago
30.

noel    

Looked like Al Pacino, I was hysterical. Never heard of this guy, but RIP

175 days ago
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