Lou Reed dies aged 71
Lou Reed, the legendary US singer, songwriter and guitarist whose hits included Walk on the Wild Side and Perfect Day, has died aged 71. Pete Noble, his British publicist confirmed the news to The Telegraph after it was initially reported by Rolling Stone Magazine. An official statement from management will be released shortly.
The Brooklyn native, who embarked on a long solo career after initially finding fame with the band Velvet Underground, was widely regarded as one of the most influential rock musicians of the last half century.
Reed was believed to have been in poor health since he underwent a liver transplant in May. “It’s as serious as it gets,” his wife Laurie Anderson, the performance artist and musician, told The Times. “He was dying.”
Reed expressed his hope for his recovery after the operation. “I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry,” he wrote. “I am bigger and stronger than stronger than ever.”
All the musicians are dying off, we’re left with Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and the like.
RIP Lou Reed.