Lou Reed, famed singer, songwriter and guitarist of popular 1960s New York City band The Velvet Underground, died on Sunday, the Rolling Stone's Jon Dolan reports.
He was 71 years old.
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Reed in 1997: The musician went to launch a solo career in 1972, spanning several more decades.
The Brooklyn-born artist and musician became a fixture of the rock 'n' roll era with his band, garnering notoriety with a cult following despite modest record sales.
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1969: (L-R) Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, John Cale and Maureen 'Moe' Tucker of the rock 'n' roll band The Velvet Underground pose for a portrait in circa 1969.
The Velvet Underground, known for songs like "Sunday Morning" and "Sweet Jane," were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.
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The Velvet Underground was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 by Patti Smith.
Reed and the bands collaborative work with artist Andy Warhol is known as one of the most celebrated partnering in contemporary pop culture.
He remained active in his solo career and interactive with his fans until the last day. His Twitter account, with more than 42,000 followers, was frequently updated. Reed's last tweet was posted Sunday morning.
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David Bowie (left) and Lou Reed: Reed's work influenced much of the Rock 'n' roll scene from the 1960s and on.
The cause of Reed's death has not yet been revealed, but according to the Rolling Stone, the iconic songwriter underwent a liver transplant in May.