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Rocker Lou Reed Dies at 71

Reed lived part-time in East Hampton.

Lou Reed Credit: Courtesy of the Belmont Shore-Naples Patch
Lou Reed Credit: Courtesy of the Belmont Shore-Naples Patch
Lou Reed, the legendary rocker behind the Velvet Underground, has died.

Reed, who had a house in East Hampton, passed away on Sunday, six months after undergoing a liver transplant. He was 71.

Born Lewis Allan Reed in Brooklyn on March 2, 1942, Reed was a rock musician, songwriter, and photographer.

Best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground in the 1960s, the group had hits, such as "Sunday Morning" and "Sweet Jane."

They also collaborated with artist Andy Warhol. According to The Huffington Post, "Reed had a profound impact on American culture, introducing avant garde rock and pop art to mainstream music. His work with Andy Warhol is noted as one of the most important collaborations in contemporary culture."

The band was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. He also had a successful solo career.

Reed was married to performance artist Laurie Anderson.

In early July, he was rushed to Southampton Hospital. But, in August, he attended a Guild Hall gala celebrating a Chuck Close show, according to Bloomberg News. A tapestry based on a photograph of Reed was exhibited as part of the show.

For a complete obituary in Rolling Stone Magazine, click here.

Remember Lou Reed. Leave a comment below.
Christina DeLauro October 28, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Lou Reed & Elvis Costello: PERFECT DAY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tA2BjakmejM
PJ Delia October 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM
He was a Voice beckoning us to dare to be different when I was a kid. We dined with him and Laurie and others a few years ago and he was clearly not well but still reciting his poetry. Thank you for sonny epic moments in the. Arts.

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