27 October 2013 11:09 AM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

So sad! One of the most influential figures in rock ‘n’ roll history passed away on Oct. 27. He was 71 years old.

Lou Reed, the founder of the influential alt-rock band The Velvet Underground, died on Oct. 27. The cause of his death has not yet been released.

Lou Reed: Rock Legend Dies At 71

Lou was 71 years old, and had recently undergone a liver transplant in May 2013, according to Rolling Stone. And in July he was hospitalized for severe dehydration.

He is one of the biggest names in music history alongside Bob Dylan and John Lennon. He revolutionized rock ‘n’ roll in the late Sixties by marrying grungy alternative rock with avant-garde concepts, and is often credited with spawning the punk rock movement. He also employed a lyrical honesty that had never been heard before with his band The Velvet Underground and later as a solo artist.

He never stopped making music, »

- Andrew Gruttadaro

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