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Velvet Underground rock legend Lou Reed dies at 71

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Video by Luke SHRAGO

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-28

Former Velvet Underground front man Lou Reed has died at the age of 71, his agent confirmed on Sunday, following reports of his death in "Rolling Stone" magazine. The Brooklyn-born singer and songwriter underwent a liver transplant in May.

American rock legend Lou Reed has died at the age of 71, his agent confirmed on Sunday, following initial reports of his death in US music magazine Rolling Stone.

Reed's UK music agent, Andy Woolliscroft, confirmed the news in comments to the Guardian late on Sunday. "Yes I'm afraid it's true," Woolliscroft said. "I'm very upset."

The influential Brooklyn-born singer and songwriter had undergone a liver transplant in May, although the cause of his death remains unknown.

Reed was the former front man for the Velvet Underground, which became one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s and '70s by fusing art and music through its collaboration with artist Andy Warhol.

Rolling Stone offered few details about his death but noted that Reed and his Velvet Underground cohorts had a revolutionary effect on the musicians that followed.

"Glam, punk and alternative rock are all unthinkable without his revelatory example," the magazine wrote.

Online tributes began pouring in on social media sites after a message posted earlier in the day on both Reed’s Twitter feed and his Facebook page simply stated: “The Door”.

FRANCE 24 spoke to the New York music legend as he unveiled his latest photography collection at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris last November. Watch the complete interview by launching the multimedia box above or by clicking here.

(FRANCE 24 with wires) 

 

'I'm Waiting for the Man' by the Velvet Underground

 

Date created : 2013-10-27

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