NEW YORK STATE -- The born and bred New Yorker who urged us all to take a Walk On The Wild Side; has died.
Guitar player, songwriter, and Velvet Underground founding member Lou Reed died Sunday morning.
He is credited with playing a hugely influential role in the development of alternative and punk rock, and was known for the poetic honesty of his lyrics.
Reed was a Brooklyn native, born in 1942, who went on to attend Syracuse University. While he didn't find much fame with the Underground in the 60s, the group resonated with later generations and developed a cult following that also extended to Reed's work as a solo artist.
The band's collaboration with Andy Warhol is considered a landmark album in the world of music.
Reed underwent a liver transplant in May. His agent says he died of a liver ailment related to that transplant. He was 71 years old.