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Rock legend David Bowie has led the tributes to US singer and former Velvet Underground frontman , who died on Sunday aged 71.Bowie’s Facebook page said of his “old friend”, considered one of the most influential singers and songwriters in rock: “He was a master.”
Reed’s second solo album Transformer, featuring Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side, was co-produced by Bowie.
Reed’s literary agent said he died of a “liver-related ailment”.
The last tweet posted on his official Twitter account, hours before the news of his death, simply stated: “The Door”. The tweet links through to a photograph of a door, with a poster of Reed on it and the words “Papa Loves Baby” scrawled underneath.
Reed’s former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale wrote on his website: “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy.'”
Other stars paying tribute included The Who, who tweeted: “RIP Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.” Iggy Pop said it was “devastating news”.
An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, Reed had a liver transplant this May after suffering liver failure.
“I am a triumph of modern medicine,” Reed posted on his website on 1 June.
But Reed’s literary agent Andrew Wylie said the musician, who died at his home in Long Island, New York, on Sunday morning, had not been well “for a few months”.