Lou Reed passed away Sunday, October 27. Photo Credit: MSN

Lou Reed dies at age 71

According to a report from Rolling Stone, legendary musician and rock pioneer Lou Reed has passed away on Sunday at the age of 71. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Long Island, before going on to have an incredibly successful career.

There has been no official cause of death reported, however, Reed did undergo a liver transplant earlier in the year in May. In July, he was hospitalized for severe dehydration.

Reed is best known for his time with The Velvet Underground, where he was a guitarist, singer and songwriter. It took some time for the band to see huge success, but they eventually gained in popularity before being inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1996.

The Velvet Underground was even able to catch the attention of Andy Warhol, who used the band in a series of multimedia events called Exploding Plastics Inevitable. The EPI shows were held all throughout New York and in various cities throughout the United States.

Once Reed went on to his solo career, his following records ensured that he would forever be remembered as an icon and influential figure in the music world. His music influenced and inspired everyone from hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest (who famously sampled “Walk on the Wild Side” in “Can I Kick It?”) to the one and only David Bowie.

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