Lou Reed, a founding member of the Velvet Underground and a solo artist, died in his home state of New York on Oct. 27, 2013, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 71. Reed had undergone a liver transplant in May 2013.
Reed was best known for being a singer/songwriter/musician, but he also left his mark in the movie industry, as many of the songs he wrote (including "Walk on the Wild Side," "Sweet Jane," "Perfect Day" and "I'm Waiting for the Man") were used in pivotal scenes in numerous movies, including "Men in Black 3," "Almost Famous," "Trainspotting" and "Natural Born Killers." His songs were on more than 150 soundtracks for movies and TV shows, according to the Internet Movie Database.
Reed was also an occasional actor. His movie credits as an actor include 1980's "One Trick Pony" and 2001's "Prozac Nation." He appeared as himself in several documentaries, including his starring role in the 2007 concert film "Berlin." Reed also directed the 2010 documentary short film "Red Shirley."
In the 2013 feature film "CBGB," which was about the famous New York City nightclub that help launch the careers of many famous rock musicians, Reed was played by actor Kyle Gallner.
Reed's most recent public appearance was on Oct. 3, 2013, at book signing for "Transformer," his photo book collaboration with Mick Rock.
Reed is survived by his wife, Laurie Anderson, whom he married in 2008 after dating her for more than a decade prior to the marriage.