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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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31.

ciaran    

Thanks for my youth :-)
Say hi to Nico from us.

R.I.P

298 days ago
32.

jdranetz    

RIP The Rock'n Roll Animal

298 days ago
33.

seamus     

This sucks. RIP Lou Reed -thanks for the memories and good times.

298 days ago
34.

There's a problem here    

And some say liquor kills the cells in your head, and for that matter so does getting out of bed, When I exit, I'll go out gracefully, shot in my hand. The pow-pow-pow-pow-power of positive drinking.
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I'll open a few cold ones for you today Lou.

298 days ago
35.

EYES AND TEETH    

One of the Great Ones.
A TRUE Legend.
R.I.P. LOU REED.

By the way, next person to ask me 'Who is Lou Reed?',
I am burning your ****ing house down.
For real.

298 days ago
36.

Somerville    

420 comments for that felon thug misogynist no-talent Chris Brown and only 47 for Lou Reed's death?

Shame on the low information readers of TMZ.

298 days ago
37.

Pete Beau    

It's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you.....

298 days ago
38.

Larry    

Alcoholic/former heroin addicts with liver transplants just don't live long. I am astounded he lived as long as he did. May he rest in peace.

298 days ago
39.

katydid579    

This is such sad news. Loved him with Velvet Underground and through his solo career. Saw him twice in concert... amazing! It's a shame we have lost such a unique talent.

298 days ago
40.

Shandra Cosgriff    

RIP Lou.....So sad about this:(

298 days ago
41.

billybob    

LULU sucked the life out of him...

298 days ago
42.

Arthur Quinn    

Lou had been clean and sober since the early 80's. He had to go on a waiting list for a liver transplant like everyone else. People are not sacrificed for their livers...

298 days ago
43.

King    

If I could make the world as pure and strange as what I see
I'd put you in the mirror I put in front of me
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Linger on, Lou

297 days ago
44.

Reg    

Sad day indeed, RIP Lou, thanks for the music and the memories.

297 days ago
45.

Fart     

***.

297 days ago
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