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Reed, who was 71, underwent a liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Cleveland in May. The singer-songwriter was best known for fronting the iconic 1960s group The Velvet Underground and later taking on unsavory subjects in a solo career.
“He was a master,” wrote old friend and fellow iconoclast David Bowie on his website.
Among the thousands more mourning Reed’s loss were such luminaries as Kevin Smith, Jon Cryer, Olivia Wilde, John Cusack, Flea and Nikki Sixx. Read what they had to say below.
Mr LOU REED had himself a dream: Velvet the underground & change the music scene. Now he’s up & gone away. #RIP Lou Reed, an un-Perfect Day.
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed RIP – always inspired by him – terrible news – only knew him through his art -a great – a singular poet –
— John Cusack (@johncusack) October 27, 2013
I love Lou reed so much. Always
— Flea (@flea333) October 27, 2013
Rest in peace, Lou Reed. http://t.co/QV6w4xB5fy
— Wil SCREAMton (@wilw) October 27, 2013
— Jenna Elfman (@JennaElfman) October 27, 2013
one of the great ones. Thanks for the music Lou http://t.co/Iy8Mm7tmfT
— John Taylor (@thisistherealJT) October 27, 2013
Devastating news:… http://t.co/LukCOL1T4r
— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Just met at the GQ Awards. The music of my generation. Still Relevant!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 27, 2013
May you forever walk on the wild side, Lou Reed. Terribly sad to hear of your passing.
— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) October 27, 2013
Damn. Lou Reed. Damn.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed “Walk on the Wild Side” is easily one of the ten best pop singles of the 20th century. Listen to it again.
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) October 27, 2013
Sad that my friend and one of my heroes Lou Reed has passed away Loved his songs and his spirit http://t.co/ubrcPN8GFi
— Matt Pinfield (@mattpinfield) October 27, 2013
RT @TheWho R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.
— Josh Elliott (@JoshElliottABC) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Finally walking on the wild side.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) October 27, 2013
Thanks to Lou Reed for being a true original. So glad the world has his recordings. I know what I’ll be doing the rest of the day.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed, dead at 71. 🙁
— Peter Shankman (@petershankman) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed.Thank you for your beautiful/dark lyrics/music and stance on life.You inspired me from my teenage years right up till today.
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. you made the world a better place. we are forever grateful.
— jim james (@jimjames) October 27, 2013
Sad news. RT @AP: BREAKING: Punk-poet, rock legend Lou Reed dies at age 71 of liver-related ailment
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 27, 2013
Go download Lou Reed – New York for an absolutely merciless rock album.
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) October 27, 2013
We lost a major innovator and true artists today. RIP Lou Reed….
— James Kenney (@IamJamesKenney) October 27, 2013
Waking to the news of Lou Reed’s passing blows! Time to turn up Lou and continue decorating!
— Harry Knowles (@headgeek666) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. http://t.co/cdF0GrE6oV
— Jack Osbourne (@JackOsbourne) October 27, 2013
Today we lost a true icon. The world was a better place because of Lou Reed. RIP
— Robert Mills (@Millsy11374) October 27, 2013
And so it goes . . . Goodbye Lou Reed. Thanks for Transformer one of the best albums EVER! Might listen to Perfect Day and have a little wep
— graham norton (@grahnort) October 27, 2013
Rip great one lou reed
— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Your voice and music will forever be in my soul and heart.
— David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) October 27, 2013
My friend Lou Reed came to the end of his song. So very sad.But hey, Lou, you’ll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day.
— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) October 27, 2013
so sad with the loss of Lou Reed -such an incredible visionary and songwriter. so inspirational. transformer on repeat.
— ke$ha (@keshasuxx) October 28, 2013
So sad to hear Lou reed has passed away. A legend.
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) October 28, 2013
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