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Obituary: Lou Reed

US singer and former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed has died at the age of 71.

Known for tracks including Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side, Reed was considered one of the most influential singers and songwriters in rock.

The Velvet Underground became renowned for their fusion of art and music and for collaborating with Andy Warhol.

According to the Associated Press news agency, Reed’s literary 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 and had not been well for a few months.

Reed’s former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale wrote on his website: The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I’ve lost my school-yard buddy.

Other stars paying tribute included The Who, who tweeted: RIP Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side. Iggy Pop said it was devastating news — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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