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OCT
27
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John Cale Remembers Friend Lou Reed: 'We Have the Best of Our Fury Laid Out on Vinyl'

The two musicians co-founded The Velvet Underground in 1965.

Kirk Hammett, Lou Reed
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John Cale, who co-founded The Velvet Underground with Lou Reed in 1965, has commented on the death of his bandmate. 

In a statement issued by Universal Music on Sunday evening, Cale writes of "the news I feared the most" and notes that he had shared laughs with Reed "just a few weeks ago." 

Reed had undergone a liver transplant operation at the Cleveland Clinic earlier this year. "I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry ... bigger and stronger than ever," he wrote on his website in June.

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Reed died at his home in Southampton, New York, on Oct. 27. It's believed that he was hospitalized as recently as Oct. 12. His last public appearance was on Oct. 3 in New York City to promote the book Transformer, featuring photos of Reed that included his days in the 1970s as a glam-rock paragon in the mold of David Bowie.

Since news broke of Reed's death, scores of fellow musicians, filmmakers, actors and all manner of artists have tweeted remembrances of the man and his music. Cale, too, first reacted on Facebook, writing, "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet … I've lost my 'school-yard buddy.' "

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A multi-instrumentalist and accomplished producer, Cale was essential to The Velvet Underground's early sound. He left the band in 1970 and went on to have a solo career that continued until his death.

As a longtime Reed collaborator and friend, Cale said it best by musing, "We have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse."

Read Cale's statement in its entirety below:

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