Lou Reed dies aged 71
Famous figures in the music industry have taken to their social networks today to mourn the loss of one of the most influential figures in music, Lou Reed, who has passed away aged 71.
The Velvet Underground frontman and ground-breaking solo artist battled drug and alcohol addiction throughout his life and suffered liver failure earlier this year.
According to The Australian, he is said to have passed away following complications related to a liver transplant he received in May.
After The Velvet Underground disbanded in the early ‘70s, Reed kicked off his solo career, finding incredible mainstream success with his cult hits ‘Perfect Day’ and ‘Walk on the Wild Side,’ and with a career spanning more than 40 years, the star is revered by music lovers across the globe.
Tributes began flooding in today after the news of the legendary American rocker’s death was made public.
“R.I. P Lou Reed,” read a post on David Bowie’s official Facebook page.
“It is with great sadness that we report the death of Lou Reed who died today aged 71. (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) David Bowie said of his old friend: “He was a master.””
Reed’s former Velvet Underground bandmate, John Cale, said of his friend: “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet. I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy.’”
While Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler took to Twitter to share: “RIP TO A GREAT FRIEND A FELLOW MUSICIAN. FROM MAXES TO THE MASSES YOU MADE THE WORLD SING. I LOVE YOU LOU!”
“U were my inspiration in the '70's, 4 without you there would have been no punk rock,” read a tweet from icon Billy Idol.
But it wasn’t just the world’s greatest rock stars that paid tribute to their comrade today, with Miley Cyrus and rapper LL Cool J also feeling the huge loss.
“noooooooooo notttttttttt LOU REED,” posted Cyrus, with LL adding: “Rest in peace. Music lives forever.”