R.I.P. Lou Reed


Photo by Chelsea Marie Hicks.

Distressing news for music fans today as Rolling Stone is reporting that Lou Reed, influential rock musician and former leader of the Velvet Underground, is dead at 71. Details on the icon’s passing are very scant at the moment, with the mainstream press citing Rolling Stone as their lone source for the news, while nearly every new media music resource (Pitchfork, Stereogum) has yet to report the news officially. Contributing writer with the magazine, Jon Dolan, who authored the article, emphasizes in his memorial that Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.

For now, the world only has this obituary which you can find here for more details.

Enjoy this video of “I Found A Reason” from the Velvets’ last record, Loaded.

UPDATE: As of 2:52 p.m., both Pitchfork and Stereogum are reporting Reed’s death on their front pages (with posts cited at 12:20 p.m. by Pitchfork, and 1:36 p.m. by Stereogum, respectively). Both sources link back to the Rolling Stone obituary as their primary source.