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Published On: Sun, Oct 27th, 2013

‘Walk on the Wild Side’ singer, Lou Reed dead at 71

The New York rock and roll pioneer, guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed,  has reportedly died due to liver failure today, although that has yet to be confirmed. Reed was 71.

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Reed cofounded the rock band The Velvet Underground with John Cale in 1964. Some of the Velvet Underground’s best known songs include “Sweet Jane,” “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “Heroin.”

His solo career began in the early 70s  and had a hit with the classic “Walk on the Wild Side”. His solo career spanned several decades.

An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, Reed underwent a liver transplant earlier this year at the Cleveland Mayo Clinic, his wife, Laurie Anderson, told The Times of London, after he had canceled five California concert dates scheduled in April.

Reed’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie said he believed that Mr. Reed’s death was related to a liver transplant he had earlier this year.

On Reed’s official Facebook page, fans have come to comment and pay their respects at “The Door”.

“One of the greatest men I ever met and one of the kindest and most loving– and that’s from someone who worked with him and knew him since the 1960s.”

“Heartbroken … Just cannot believe it ”

and the simple “RIP Lou”

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