RIP Lou Reed: Velvet Underground Singer Dead at 71

Lou Reed, the iconic singer for the Velvet Underground, has died, says a report from Rolling Stone.

He was 71 years old.

Rolling Stone magazine first reported his death on Sunday.

Reed’s singing career spanned more than 40 years.

Earlier this year, Reed underwent a liver transplant.

Reed died in Southampton, N.Y., of an ailment related to the transplant, his literary agent confirmed with AP.

Andrew Wylie, the agent, added that Reed had been in frail health for months. Reed shared a home in Southampton with his wife and fellow musician, Laurie Anderson, whom he married in 2008.

Reed was known as the singer of the experimental rock group, the Velvet Underground, from the 1960s and 1970s. The band’s music was considered a pioneering force in rock and roll.