Legendary American singer-songwriter Lou Reed, founder-member of the Velvet Underground, has passed away at 71.
Celebrities took to Twitter to express their sorrow. Comedian Richard Lewis wrote: "Lou Reed, my friend, a genius who transcended Rock. My condolences to his family. A poet ist, he performed like a hit-man on a mission. RIP."
Whoopi Goldberg: "The great & amazing Lou Reed has died my condolences 2 his wife Laurie Anderson.Lou was1of a kind & this colored girl still says dededede…"
Liev Schreiber: "I met Lou Reed a couple times. Quiet guy. Dark at times and quick to quarrel but always cool… Insanely cool."
Samuel L. Jackson: "R.I.P. Lou Reed. Just met at the GQ Awards. The music of my generation. Still Relevant!"
Carson Daly: "RIP Lou Reed. The Velvet Underground broke all the rules and made music and art become one in NYC during a special era- best to his family"
Miley Ray Cyrus: "noooooooooo notttttttttt LOU REED"
Colin Hanks: "Hey kids, although you should have done it earlier, it's ok to check out Lou Reed. He was essential #RIPLouReed #TheMoreYouKnow"
Kevin Smith: "Mr LOU REED had himself a dream: Velvet the underground & change the music scene. Now he's up & gone away. #RIP Lou Reed, an un-Perfect Day."
Ke$ha: "so sad with the loss of Lou Reed -such an incredible visionary and songwriter. so inspirational. transformer on repeat."
Cyndi Lauper: "I still can't believe Lou Reed passed away. I'm sorry for his family's loss. greatful for his music and the influence he had on my music."