Rollingstone.com is reporting that Rock legend Lou Reed has died today at the age of 71.
The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May. According to Reed’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, he died on Long Island. Wylie was quoted in the New York Times, stating about Reed: “He was as great an artist as it’s possible to be, in my opinion.”
“He died peacefully, with his loved ones around him,” Dr. Charles Miller, Mr. Reed’s liver transplant doctor, said. Reed was in Ohio earlier this week for treatment at Cleveland Clinic, the hospital where he had liver transplant surgery, Dr. Miller said. But he decided to return to New York after the doctors could no longer treat his end-stage liver disease.
“We did everything we could,” said Dr. Miller, the director of the hospital’s Transplantation Center. “He really wanted to be at home.”
Lou Reed and his band the Velvet Underground became one of the most influential in rock by fusing art and music in 1960s’ New York through its collaboration with artist Andy Warhol. The Velvet Underground were a commercial failure in the late 1960s, but the group has gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era.
Reed began a solo career in 1972 and had his biggest solo hit the following year with ‘Walk On The Wild Side.’ His most recent album was the 2011 collaboration with Metallica, ‘Lulu.’
He is survived by his wife, Laurie Anderson, a songwriter and a performance artist.