Velvet Underground founder Lou Reed dies aged 71

Cause of death is currently unknown, but the legendary singer had a liver transplant in May

Lou Reed has died aged 71.

According to Rolling Stone, the cause of death is currently unknown, however, the legendary singer had a liver transplant last May (2013).

Read NME’s obituary of Lou Reed, 1942 – 2013

At the time of the operation, his wife suggested that he might not “ever totally recover”. Reed later posted a message to fans on Facebook, where he described himself as a “triumph of modern medicine” and announced that he is looking forward to playing live again. He also returned to the stage on June 20, but in July he was rushed to hospital with “severe dehydration”.


Read NME’s tribute to Lou Reed
Listen to a playlist of Lou Reed’s finest musical moments

Earlier today, the following picture was posted on Lou Reed’s official Facebook page:

Reed was an incredibly gifted singer, songwriter and musician who influenced generations of artists. Most famously known for his time in The Velvet Underground, Reed also had great success as a solo artist, with his second solo album ‘Transformer’ spawning world-renowned hits ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ and ‘Perfect Day’.