Rock pioneer Lou Reed through the years

Rock pioneer Lou Reed through the years

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CHICAGO - AUGUST 09: Lou Reed performs onstage during the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 9, 2009 in Chicago. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 3:58 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 4:14 AM

NEW YORK, NY. – Lou Reed, the singer, songwriter and guitarist who founded massively-influential Velvet Underground and went on to a prolific solo career throughout the past four decades has died at 71, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

The cause of death has not been released, but the magazine says Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.

Reed gained prominence in the mid 1960s with the seminal record Velvet Underground & Nico. The Velvets three follow-ups never sold well commercially at the time, but the band’s body of work is often cited as a major influence of nearly every alternative, indie, punk, and glam act to come after them.

After the breakup of the Velvets, Reed went on to record a series of pioneering solo albums, among them 1972’s Transformer, produced by David Bowie, that contained the anthem “Walk On The Wild Side.”

Reed continued to crank out records throughout the 1980s, 90s and 2000s and stands as a true icon of Rock and Roll.

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