The news just reaches us that Lou Reed (only recently featured on these pages), has died, aged 71, from, what the AP wire service is reporting as, “a liver-related ailment” (Reed underwent a liver transplant in May at the Cleveland Clinic . “I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry”, he confidently boasted on his web-site, following surgery, on June the 1st. “I look forward to being on stage, performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and your spirits and the universe well into the future.”
But, as the AP story notes, quoting his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, recovery wasn’t easy, prior to his passing this weekend, “Reed had been in frail health for months”. Rolling Stone first broke the story late this morning and you can read their report here. Here’s the notice from The New York Times, The LA Times , NPR, The Guardian, The Independent the BBC. More news, of course, to follow.