New York — Lou Reed died Sunday age 71. Reed was the leader of the Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades thereafter.
Reed passed away in Southampton, N.Y. from complications related to a recent liver transplant. His literary agent stated that Reed had been in frail health for months. Reed shared a home in Southampton with his wife and fellow musician, Laurie Anderson, whom he married in 2008.
Indie rock essentially begins in the 1960s with Reed and the Velvets; the punk, New Wave and alternative rock movements of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s were all indebted to Reed, whose songs were covered by R.E.M., Nirvana, Patti Smith and countless others.