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.
For a while whenever I needed motivation to work harder, I would play this Reed/Cale tribute to Andy Warhol: http://t.co/C7a19hTCG2— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) October 27, 2013
lou did one of the most THIS-close-to-being-offensive-except-it’s-kinda-perfectly-hilarious ditty. http://t.co/yhxQVTePdU— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) October 27, 2013
There are problems in these times, but none of them are mine. http://t.co/jhzJvQOfRJ— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 27, 2013
Bye Lou Reed. You were the best there was. And I really liked how grumpy you always seemed walking… http://t.co/tTVzXtFXQu— John Mulaney (@mulaney) October 27, 2013
This (except, not at all): http://t.co/QCTwdTopOo— Michael Myers (@RichJuz) October 27, 2013
While you mourn Lou Reed's death, recall not only the Velvet Underground but his excellent solo career, including New York and Magic & Loss.— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) October 27, 2013
Whoa, Lou Reed died. That sucks. http://t.co/uvQryETEFN— Ryan Scary (@SoxMerry) October 27, 2013
My contribution to the global twitter Lou Reed mixtape: http://t.co/l0BknDNjcF— kady o'malley (@kady) October 27, 2013
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:
Lou Reed and I went at it once: http://t.co/MrMKgC3wFA— David Marchese (@david_marchese) October 27, 2013
Had b'fast w/Lou Reed and Laurie 3 yrs ago. Was icy till he learned I'd known Ginsberg and Burroughs; then warm, campy, hilarious. Thx, Lou.— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed on how he gets over his pessimism about the world: "I just bought a really great guitar.” http://t.co/F1YocRZNnf— Michael Roston (@michaelroston) October 27, 2013
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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