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Rock legend Lou Reed dead at 71

From Beacon Journal staff, wire reports

Lou Reed, 71, the legendary songwriter, guitarist and founding member of the Velvet Underground died Sunday, Rolling Stone reported on its website.

Rolling Stone said a cause of death has not been released.

The website posting, by Jon Dolan, noted that Reed had a liver transplant in May.

The Cleveland Clinic confirmed in June that Reed had the transplant there the previous month.

Reed posted a statement on his website thanking the Cleveland Clinic “and all of you around the world who have lifted me with prayer and wishes of love.”

Among Lou Reed’s songs are Walk on the Wild Side, Sweet Jane, Satellite of Love, Perfect Day and Dirty Blvd.

Dolan wrote in his article on that Reed “fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music, marrying beauty and noise, while bringing a whole new lyrical honesty to rock & roll poetry.”

Dolan said Reed was a “restlessly inventive solo artist, from the 70s into the 2010s ... challenging his fans at every turn.”

Dolan said the musical genres of “glam, punk and alternative rock are all unthinkable without his revelatory example.”

Reed was married to performance artist Laurie Anderson.


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