Lou Reed, the innovative singer/songwriter and NYC icon responsible for much of The Velvet Underground‘s trail-blazing success, has died at 71.
It remains unclear at this point what his official cause of death was, though Rolling Stone reports that the singer did undergo a liver transplant in May of this year. Back in April, Reed’s slot on the Coachella bill was canceled, so it seems more likely now that he was dealing with some serious medical issues.
Recently, of course, Reed collaborated with Metallica on Lulu, and though the record wasn’t received very well Reed remained active in the music scene.
Stay tuned for any updates on the official word regarding his death, and R.I.P. to a rock n’ roll icon.