Agence France-PresseOctober 27, 2013 21:50
Lou Reed, the American music pioneer who fused folk's lyricism with punk rock's energy and darkness, died Sunday of complications stemming from a recent liver transplant. He was 71.
Reed's literary agent Andrew Wylie said the singer-songwriter died at 11am on Long Island, the sprawling New York area that includes the borough of Brooklyn where he was born.
"The reason was complications following the liver transplant," Wylie told AFP, referring to the operation Reed underwent in May, without which his family said death was certain given how poor his condition had become.