Velvet Underground's Lou Reed Dead at 71

The exact cause of death has not yet been released for the legendary songwriter and guitarist.
1:26 | 10/28/13

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Here at home, america is mourning the loss of one of its founding fathers of rock 'n' roll. He was one of the most influential figures in rock 'n' roll history. First, as the front man for the velvet underground. Then, on his own, to many, his music embodied the spirit of their america. FROM THE '60s TO TODAY. ♪ Hey, babe, take a walk on the wild side ♪ Reporter: With songs we have all heard time and again. Like walk on the wild side. Sweet jane. ♪ Oh, now, baby, sweet jane ♪ Reporter: And heroin. ♪ ♪ heroin ♪ Reporter: Reed served no masters. Writing, singing about taboo subjects. Reportedly sober since the 1980s, REED WAS OPEN ABOUT A Past of hard drinking and drug use. Drugs. I stopped. You shouldn't start. Reporter: He had undergone a liver transplant earlier this year. Lou reed was 71. Sfoet ♪ lou reed said his goal was to write the great american novel in record form. The who tweeted yesterday, rest in peace, lou reed, take a walk on the peace side.

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