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Thursday 31 July 2014

Tributes as musician Lou Reed dies

Lou Reed has died aged 71

Tributes have poured in from the world of showbusiness for Lou Reed, the American musician and frontman of rock band Velvet Underground, who has died at 71.

Reed, responsible for the likes of Walk On The Wild Side and Perfect Day, had a life-saving liver transplant earlier this year. He died in New York of a liver-related ailment, his agent confirmed.

Celebrities across the world took to Twitter to pay tribute to the iconic musician

Nikki Sixx of heavy metal band Motley Crue said: "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."

Actress Whoopi Goldberg tweeted: "The great & amazing Lou Reed has died my condolences 2 his wife Laurie Anderson.Lou was 1 of a kind & this colored girl still says dededede..."

Tom Morello, of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, said: "My intro to Lou Reed/Velvet Underground was Janes Addiction cover of 'Rock n Roll'. He was a singular, unique talent. RIP Lou and thanks," while Paul Stanley of KISS called him "a musician, artist and trailblazer who played by his own rules".

Comedian Ricky Gervais said Reed was "one of the greatest artists of our time", while actor Samuel L Jackson tweeted: "R.I.P. Lou Reed. Just met at the GQ Awards. The music of my generation. Still Relevant!"

The last tweet sent by Reed on his official Twitter account, hours before news of his death emerged, simply said "The Door". The tweet links through to a picture of a door, with a poster of Reed on it.

The Velvet Underground, who were active in the 1960s and 1970s, became known for their fusion of art and music, including collaborations with the godfather of Pop Art, Andy Warhol. Despite modest sales during their time together, the band developed a cult following and enjoyed posthumous acclaim for years after their final performance together. The band are regularly cited as among the greatest influences on contemporary rock music.

As a solo artist, his work was revered, with singles from his David Bowie-produced Transformer album going on to score countless television programmes. More recently, Reed enjoyed chart success with Lulu, a musical collaboration with metal band Metallica.

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