Lou Reed, walking outside the Ed Sullivan Theater, after his taping on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday July 14, 2010. (Photo: Hayden Roger Celestin)
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Sun. Oct. 27, 2013: Famed Brooklyn-born rocker, Lou Reed, has passed away at the age of 71.

Reed, who took rock ‘n’ roll into dark corners as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, died Sunday, his publicist said. Reed had undergone a liver transplant in May, his wife, the musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson, disclosed over the summer.

He was a rock pioneer who went from record label songwriter to a member of the short-lived but innovative and influential Velvet Underground.

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