TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Knows for tracks such as Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side, Reed was considered as one of the most influential singers and songwriters in rock. The Velvet Underground became famous for its fusion of art and music, and collaboration with Andy Warhol.
According to the Associated Press news agency, Reed's agent said he died of a "liver-related ailment". Andrew Wylie said the musician died at his home in Long island, New York, on Sunday morning. He had not been well for several months.
Former member of Velvet Underground, John Cale, wrote on his website, "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I've lost my school-yard buddy."
Other stars also paid tribute. The Who tweeted, "RIP Lou Reed. Walk in the peaceful side." Iggy Pop said it was "devastating news".
Reed previously admitted he was a heavy drinker and drug user for years. He had a liver transplantation this May after suffering from a liver failure. "I am a triumph of modern medicine," Reed posted on his website on June 1.
The Velvet Underground never achieved commercial success during their 1960s existence, but their influence on music in later decades was later widely recognized.
The punk, glam, and alternative rock movements in 1970s, 80s, and 90s were all indebted to Reed, whose songs were covered by REM, David Bowie, Nirvana, Patti Smith, and many others.
Music Producer Brian Eno describe the influence of this group by stating, "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band."
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