Velvet Underground Co-Founder Lou Reed Dead At 71

Photo via Rolling Stone.

Lou Reed, the influential leader and co-founder of the Velvet Underground, died today (Oct. 27, 2013).

Reed died at a home on Long Island, New York, that he shared with his wife, the artist and musician Laurie Anderson, following complications from a liver transplant he had earlier this year, Andrew Wylie, his literary agent, said.

Reed had a successful solo career following the breakup of the Velvet Underground in the early ’70s. His most successful post-Velvets single was the once-controversial “Walk On The Wild Side,” which reached #16 in the Top 40 in 1972 when it was released, and charted at #10 in the UK.

Check out Rolling Stone‘s obit.

And this obit in the Chicago Tribune.

Great essay by Ann Powers.

Comprehensive obit at Huffington Post.

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