David Bowie, The Strokes, Morrissey lead musicians' tributes to Lou Reed

The legendary artist died yesterday (October 27) aged 71

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David Bowie and The Strokes lead musician's tributes to Lou Reed, who died yesterday aged 71.

News of the passing of the legendary Velvet Underground singer and later solo artist emerged yesterday evening. Although the cause of death is currently unknown, he had undergone a liver transplant in May the year (2013).

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"R.I.P. LOU REED," a post on David Bowie's Facebook page begins. "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."

Members of The Strokes were also mourning the loss of the singer yesterday. Frontman Julian Casablancas tweeted: "Lou Reed is the reason I do everything I do." The band's guitarist Albert Hammond Jr meanwhile tweeted: "Still in shock! When I was 18yrs old you forever changed my life and I will never forget that! See you later ?@LouReed."

Morrissey wrote a heartfelt blog on the True To You website under the title 'Oh Lou / why did you leave us this way?'. "No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed," it begins. "He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew the Lou of recent years and he was always full of good heart. His music will outlive time itself. We are all timebound, but today, with the loss of liberating Lou, life is a pigsty."

Members of Sonic Youth also paid tribute, with Kim Gordon writing: "So sorry to hear of Lou Reed's passing this is a huge shock!" The band's Lee Ranaldo wrote: "RIP Lou Reed. Irreplaceable."

Chic frontman Nile Rodgers recalled the last time he had seen Lou Reed, writing on facebook: "Lou Reed, R.I.P. I did the Jools Holland show with him last year and we yucked it up. I didn't know he was ill."

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