Lou Reed (AP/John Smierciak)

Lou Reed dead at 71, Rolling Stone reports

No cause of death has been released, but Rolling Stone notes that Reed underwent a liver transplant in May


Katie McDonough
October 27, 2013 9:50PM (UTC)

Lou Reed died Sunday at the age of 71, according to a report from Rolling Stone.

No cause of death has been released, but Rolling Stone notes that Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.

Reed was the principal songwriter for the Velvet Underground, and was one of the most powerful influences on American rock music in the last half century.

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Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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