LOU REED passed away yesterday. He was 71.
Lou had been suffering from liver disease . . . and back in April, he had a liver transplant. (This came to light after he canceled a series of concerts, including a gig at Coachella, due to, quote, "unavoidable complications.")
At the time, it was thought to have been a "life-saving" procedure. In June, Lou seemed pretty optimistic. In a Facebook post, he said, quote, "I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger . . .
"Stronger than ever."
His wife Laurie Anderson was more concerned. She said, quote, "It's as serious as it gets. He was dying . . . I don't think he'll ever totally recover from this, but he'll certainly be back to doing [things] in a few months . . . it's a new life for him."
Lou had some complications recently, and went to Cleveland to receive treatment. His doctor now says that once they determined that nothing else could be done, Lou decided to go back home to New York, where he died.
Lou was the frontman for the '60s group THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, before going solo in the early '70s.
Velvet Underground's biggest songs were: "Sweet Jane", "Rock and Roll", "Heroin", "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "White Light / White Heat".
Lou's best-known solo song was: "Walk on the Wild Side". Others include: "Satellite of Love", "Street Hassle", "Perfect Day" and "Coney Island Baby".
Lou's notorious collaboration with METALLICA, "Lulu", was his final release.
For what it's worth, Lou had been sober for decades, but his past drug use took a heavy toll on his body. In "Heroin", he sings, quote, "Heroin, be the death of me . . . Heroin, it's my wife and it's my life."
How some Celebs are reacting to Lou Reed's Death
You know what they say: A celebrity never truly dies, as long as other celebrities keep Tweeting about him. Here's what they're saying about LOU REED:
John Cusak: Rip Lou - "you better hold on something's happening here.. "
Kevin Smith: "Mr. Lou Reed had himself a dream: Velvet the underground & change the music scene. Now he's up and gone away. R.I.P. Lou Reed, an un-Perfect Day."
The Who: "R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side."
Samuel L. Jackson: "R.I.P. Lou Reed. Just met at the GQ Awards [last month]. The music of my generation. Still Relevant!"
Carson Daly: "R.I.P. Lou Reed. The Velvet Underground broke all the rules, and made music and art become ONE in NYC, during a special era."
Elijah Wood: "May you forever walk on the wild side, Lou Reed. Terribly sad to hear of your passing."
John Cale from Velvet Underground: "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet. I've lost my 'school-yard buddy.'"
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue: "Thank you for your beautiful / dark lyrics / music and stance on life. You inspired me from my teenage years right up 'til today."
Steven Tyler: "R.I.P. TO A GREAT FRIEND A FELLOW MUSICIAN. FROM MAXES TO THE MASSES YOU MADE THE WORLD SING. I LOVE YOU LOU!"
Guns 'N Roses: "'I'm an artist and I can be as egotistical as I want to be.' R.I.P. Lou Reed." (How fitting.)
Billy Idol: "R.I.P. Lou Reed and thank you and the Velvets. You were my inspiration in the '70s, for without you, there would've been no punk rock!"
Dave Navarro: "[Eff]! One of my all time heroes and friends has passed."
Boy George: "Lou: 'My [B.S.] is worth more than other people's diamonds.'"
Salman Rushdie: "My friend Lou came to the end of his song. So very sad. But hey, Lou, you'll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day."