Lou Reed dies

Lou Reed has died aged 71:

The NZ Herald reports:

Singer and guitarist Lou Reed has died at the age of 71.

The legendary musician, best known for his work as guitarist, singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground, passed away at the age of 71, six months after undergoing a liver transplant in May. 

Following his surgery, Lou assured fans on his website that he felt “bigger and stronger” than ever before, but he was rushed to hospital due to complications stemming from it in late June.

The cause of the influential rocker’s death has not yet been confirmed, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

The New York Times said he died on Long Island.

“I’m afraid it’s true,” his literary agent Andrew Wylie told the Times. “He was as great an artist as it’s possible to be in my opinion.”

The ‘Sunday Morning’ hitmaker was well known for trying new sounds, once recording a two LP-set called ‘Metal Machine Music’, which consisted entirely of grinding guitar sounds.

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