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Lou Reed, Songwriter & Leader of The Velvet Underground Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Reports are coming in that Lou Reed, famed songwriter of such hits as Walk on the Wildside and Perfect Day, has passed away at the age of 71. Here’s what you need to know.

1. No Word of Cause of Death

There is no official cause of death, but speculations surround issues with his liver. Reed had a liver transplant earlier this year.

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2. He Was Born in Brooklyn

Reed was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 2, 1942. He died at the age of 71.


3. He Was a Founding Member of The Velvet Underground

After attending Syracuse University, Reed moved to New York City and, after meeting John Cale while working in a record shop, founded The Velvet Underground in 1964.

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4. He Partied With Andy Warhol & Nico

Reed was well-known in the party scene and was often seen out with Andy Warhol and German singer-songwriter Nico. Warhol insisted that Nico join The Velvet Underground and in 1967 newly named The Velvet Underground & Nico released a self-titled album.


5. He is a Grammy Winner

Reed won Grammy awards and was a famed singer-songwriter.

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