Rock legend Lou Reed dies at 71

Rock legend Lou Reed dies at 71

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Rock legend Lou Reed has died.

Music fans are in mourning as the so-called 'Father of Indie Rock and an ancestor of punk' passed away in New York on Sunday.

His group Velvet Underground was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and he won a Grammy in '99 for Best Long Form Music Video. He's survived by his wife and fellow musician, Laurie Anderson.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist, Reed was the legendary leader of the 1960s cult band Velvet Underground.

Reed said he liked making the music he thought was beautiful. "I'm trying to do something that's really simple.” He said. “Make something that I would listen to."

He has been sober since the 1980s following decades of hard partying.

He thrived as a solo artist after Velvet Underground split up and has influenced generations of musicians.

The rocker was an essential New York artist and in numerous backstage interviews, he always stayed true to his roots.

When talking about New York, he said everything that matters is out of New York and "everybody knows that."

Fame awarded Reed with many honors and opportunities including a prize in 1992 France Arts and Letters.

He went on to perform at the White House in the Clinton era. He also graced the stage, in the shadow of 7 World Trade after the 9/11 attacks.

Always an outspoken advocate for peace, he campaigned against the Second Iraq War.

His death prompted tributes from around the world.

Friends and those inspired by his music say in his death, they've lost a songwriter and a poet.

Reed said on the road to adulthood there was a detour called 'the guitar highway' in which a lot of people get on, but wouldn’t come back.

His agent says he died of complications related to a recent liver transplant.

He was 71.

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