Is Lou Reed Living or Dead?

Has American musician Lou Reed died? Or is he still alive?

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American musician

Lou Reed is ...

Dead
Born 2 Mar 1942 in Brooklyn
Died 27 Oct 2013 in Southampton
Age71 years, 7 months
Correction?
Lou Reed
Lou Reed
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About Lou Reed

Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the rock band the Velvet Underground, with a solo career that spanned five decades. The Velvet Underground had little success during their active years, but later gained a significant cult following to become one of the most widely acclaimed and influential bands in rock history. Reed's 1973 single "Walk on the Wild Side" crossed over to mainstream, but although major label attempts to repeat its success were critically acclaimed, they did not translate to sales numbers, leading to a descent into serious drug addiction that crippled much of his later life and career. New York (1989) is recognised as the height of his mid period. He was inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996, and again as a solo artist in 2014.

Death

In May 2013, Reed underwent a liver transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. Afterwards, on his website, he wrote of feeling "bigger and stronger" than ever, but on October 27, 2013, he died from liver disease at his home in Southampton, New York, at the age of 71.

David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Courtney Love, Lenny Kravitz, Miley Cyrus, Samuel L. Jackson, Kanye West, Ricky Gervais, Ryan Adams, Elijah Wood, Howard Stern and many others paid tribute to Reed. Pearl Jam dedicated their song "Man of the Hour" to Reed at their show in Baltimore and then played "I'm Waiting for the Man". On the day of his death, the Killers dedicated their rendition of "Pale Blue Eyes" to Reed at the Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas. Phish opened their show in Hartford with "Rock & Roll", after which Trey Anastasio asked the audience for a moment of silence for one of the "greatest artists to ever live".

Former Velvet Underground members Maureen Tucker and John Cale made statements on Reed's death, and notables from far outside the music industry paid their respects on Twitter, including Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi and Salman Rushdie. On November 7, 2013 Reed's mother Toby died at the age of 93, 11 days after Reed's death.

Albums

Lou Reed has been involved with:

Rave On Buddy Holly
compilation album
2011
Metal Machine Music
album
1975
The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
live double-album release in recognition of Bob Dylan's 30 years as a recording artist
1993
Songs for Drella
1990 album by Lou Reed and John Cale
1990
Magic and Loss
album
1992
Street Hassle
album by Lou Reed
1978
The Raven
solo album by Lou Reed
2003
The Blue Mask
album
1982
Coney Island Baby
album by Lou Reed
1975
New Sensations
Lou Reed album
1984
Mistrial
album
1986
Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology
compilation album
1992
The Essential Lou Reed
2011
Lou Reed
1972 album by Lou Reed
1972
Ecstasy
album by Lou Reed
2000
Live: Take No Prisoners
1978
Live in Italy
album by Lou Reed
1984
Animal Serenade
live album
2004
The Bells
album by Lou Reed
1979
Legendary Hearts
album by Lou Reed
1983
One World One Voice
Lou Reed Live
live album
1975
The Bridge School Collection, Vol.1
Rock and Roll Heart
album by Lou Reed
1976
Set the Twilight Reeling
album by Lou Reed
1996
Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill
1985
Hudson River Wind Meditations
album by Lou Reed
2007
Growing Up in Public
album
1980
Perfect Night: Live in London
live album
1998
The Creation of the Universe
Lou Reed album
2008
Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams
Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed
compilation album
1977
American Poet
1972
A Night with Lou Reed
1991
NYC Man: Greatest Hits
2004
Legendary Lou Reed
compilation album
2002
The Stone: Issue Three
2008
Live in Concert
live album by Lou Reed
1996
The Very Best of Lou Reed
compilation album
2000
The Definitive Collection
compilation album by Lou Reed
1999
Retro
1998
Perfect Day
album by Lou Reed
1997
City Lights
Lou Reed album
1985