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Former Velvet Underground lead singer, rock pioneer and all-around musical genius Lou Reed died Sunday at the age of 71, according to Rolling Stone. The cause of death is currently unknown. The singer did undergo a liver transplant earlier this year, though. Reed was confident his health was in tip top shape following the procedure. "I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry," he said in a statement released to fans. "I am bigger and stronger than stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years, thanks to Master Ren Guang-yi. I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future."

Beloved by most, the tributes to Reed have already begun on social media, where many music lovers are holding an early digital wake for the influential songwriter and guitarist. We'll collect the best memories here. 

A man known for his wisdom almost as much as his music, Reed was a legendary interview, a well filled with beautiful quotes and insight. He was also a grouch. His gruff personality endeared him to the press, who started sharing their favorite Reed stories: 

You really should read Rolling Stone's obituary, because it's perfect and touching and perfectly explains how important Reed was to modern music. He played it all, touched it all, and no one did it like him. He'll be missed. 

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