Rolling Stone has just reported that Lou Reed, music legend and leader of the American rock band Velvet Underground, has died today October 27. The remarkably influential guitarist and songwriter was 71 and leaves behind a legacy of over 50 years of rock music history.
Though the cause of death is still unknown, Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone revealed that the musician underwent liver surgery in May of this year. The procedure forced the rock veteran to cancel performances at Coachella and other venues across California this past summer.
It wasn't until after The Velvet Underground had broken up that the world had truly learned to appreciate the band's significance. Luckily, that was not that case with Lou Reed himself. The Brooklyn-born rock pioneer has been an integral part to the music community during his later years. He leaves behind a musical influence that won't soon be forgotten.
Thanks for the "Walk on the Wild Side," Lou.