The music world has lost another great as Lou Reed died at age 71 in Long island. According to Rolling Stone, the cause of his death has not yet been released. It was disclosed over the summer that Reed has undergone a liver transplant.

The rock legend, who was a member for the band Velvet Underground, took rock ‘n’ roll to new heights. Although the band was short-lived, it gained followers from different parts of the world, and one of the most influential bands in that era. Among those groups who have cited the band as their influence and inspiration are U2, R.E.M. and many more. He was also a record label songwriter prior to joining the band and as a solo artist, his songwriting tackled about drug addiction, paranoia and other taboo topics that were often weighted in criticisms.

Rolling Stone ranks Velvet Underground’s debut album “The Velvet Underground and Nico” at the 13th spot in their list of all-time greatest albums. In 1996, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

One of the most prolific and exceptional singer/songwriters, Reed has won a Grammy award in 1998. He has created a massive impact in rock music as well as popular culture.

He will definitely be missed by everyone.As what president and CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow said, “we have lost a true visionary and creative leader.”

May he rest in peace. Thanks for taking a walk on the wild side with us.

As a tribute, here’s a rare music video of one of his groundbreaking songs, “Walk on the Wild Side.”

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