Lou’s death shook the music industry so much that celebrities and musicians took to Twitter to express their sorrow — read on to see what they wrote.
Simon Cowell, Rita Ora & More Celebs React To Lou Reed’s Death On Twitter
lou reed-one of the first poets to speak to me thankyou for your words thankyou for the velvet underground thankyou for the art rip
— GAVIN ROSSDALE (@GavinRossdale) October 28, 2013
thank goodness for Lou Reed. RIP
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) October 28, 2013
Saddened by news of the passing of Lou Reed. Always so kind and sweet to me in the times we met. A true artist and visionary…
— Billy Corgan (@Billy) October 28, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. One of the greats. You will be missed but not forgotten. pic.twitter.com/I3bpGoaGph
— Carmen Electra (@carmenelectra) October 28, 2013
So sad to hear Lou reed has passed away. A legend.
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) October 28, 2013
What I’ll miss most about Lou Reed was when he used to go on The Tonight Show and throw pies at Dom Deluise.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 28, 2013
Haven’t really accepted the reality of the loss of Lou Reed. Still trying to process it. Denial I guess.
— Slash (@Slash) October 28, 2013
Rest in peace Mr. Lou Reed. Thank you for the music, the words, and the thoughts… pic.twitter.com/q9zDyZHkLC
— regina spektor (@respektor) October 28, 2013
Rest in peace *Lou Reed* pic.twitter.com/qMnYpbT7SU
— Aliana Lohan (@aliana) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed http://t.co/KlBapSLmHQ
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed Dead At 71
Lou Reed was the founder of the influential alt-rock band The Velvet Underground.
Lou was 71 years old, and had recently undergone a liver transplant in May 2013, according to Rolling Stone. In July he was hospitalized for severe dehydration.
He is one of the biggest names in music history alongside Bob Dylan and John Lennon. He revolutionized rock ‘n’ roll in the late Sixties by marrying grungy alternative rock with avant-garde concepts, and is often credited with spawning the punk rock movement.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this difficult time.
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— Ivy Jacobson