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Music legend Lou Reed died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at the age of 71, Rolling Stone reported. Reed, a self-admitted hard drinker and drug user, recently underwent a liver transplant earlier this year.

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Singer and songwriter Lou Reed poses for a portrait in New York, April 23, 2003. In early June, Reed, 61, released a new album, "NYC Man_The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection," a 31-track retrospective that spans his Velvet Underground and solo years.

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U.S. musician Lou Reed plays the guitar during his concert in Santiago de Compostela in this July 16, 2004 file photograph. Lou Reed, whose band the Velvet Underground became one of the most influential in rock by fusing art and music in collaboration with artist Andy Warhol in 1960s New York, died on October 27, 2013 at the age of 71, Rolling Stone reported.

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Lou Reed performs during the "Pavarotti and Friends 2002" charity concert in Modena, northern Italy, Tuesday, May 28, 2002. Punk-poet and rock legend Reed has died at age 71 of liver-related ailment.

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Lou Reed, middle, with, from left: James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett of Metallica in an undated handout image.

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In this Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009 file photo, Lou Reed performs at the Lollapalooza music festival, in Chicago. Punk-poet, rock legend Lou Reed is dead of a liver-related ailment, his literary agent said Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. He was 71.

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In this Jan. 17, 1996 file photo, Lou Reed takes the podium as the Velvet Underground, the group he once headed, is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Band mate John Cale is at left, and at right is Martha Morrison, accepting for late band member Sterling Morrison.

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In a Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1996 file photo, members of the band the Velvet Underground, from left, Maureen Tucker; Martha Morrison, attending for her late husband, Sterling Morrison; John Cale and Lou Reed pose backstage after their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

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In a March 27 1989 file photo, musician Lou Reed poses at the American Sound Studio in New York. Reed's literary agent Andrew Wylie says the legendary musician died Sunday morning, Oct. 27, 2013 in Southampton, N.Y., of an ailment related to his recent liver transplant. He was 71.

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Singer and songwriter Lou Reed sits for a portrait in New York, April 23, 2003. In early June, Reed, 61, released a new album, "NYC Man_The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection," a 31-track retrospective that spans his Velvet Underground and solo years.

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Lou Reed performs at Vienna's "Open Air Summer Arena," July 18, 1996. The concert was part of the 20th Anniversary of the "Summer Arena" youth culture center.

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U.S. musician and writer Lou Reed gestures to photographers before his news conference at the International Literature Festival "Kosmopolis 08" in Barcelona, in this October 23, 2008 file photograph. Lou Reed, whose band the Velvet Underground became one of the most influential in rock by fusing art and music in collaboration with artist Andy Warhol in 1960s New York, died on October 27, 2013 at the age of 71, Rolling Stone reported.

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Musician Lou Reed arrives for the Metropolitan Opera's premiere of "Le Comte Ory" at Lincoln Center in New York in this March 24, 2011 file photograph.

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U.S. singer Lou Reed looks on during a Q&A session after the world premiere of his first film "Red Shirley" at the Vision du Reel Documentary film Festival in Nyon in this April 20, 2010 file photo.

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