Stars are coming out in droves to remember Lou Reed,of an ailment after undergoing a liver transplant this year. Between his work with Velvet Underground and solo material, the punk-rock poet left a heavy imprint on music.
Former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale released a statement, saying, "The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way -- losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill ... broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories -- we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us."
Patti Smith told The Associated Press on Monday, "I was so taken with their music. I made it my business to study him. His process completely spoke to me, the process of merging poetry with these surf rhythms, this pulsing loop. You could get into a trance listening to 12 minutes of 'Sister Ray'...So many of us have benefited from the work he has done. We all owe him a debt. Most of us that owe a debt are not very happy to own up to it. Sometimes you like to imagine that you did everything on your own. But I think with Lou that everyone will stand in line to say thank you, in their own way."
Rocker Alice Cooper tweeted: "1 of the true originals in rock. A MASTER. New York personified. Lost a great poet & a great friend. RIP."
Morrissey wrote a message on fan site True to You: "No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed. He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew the Lou of recent years and he was always full of good heart. His music will outlive time itself. We are all timebound, but today, with the loss of liberating Lou, life is a pigsty."
Read on to see what others are saying:
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.-- Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) October 27, 2013
We love you Lou. We love you Laurie.-- Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 27, 2013
noooooooooo notttttttttt LOU REED =»-- Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 27, 2013
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-- Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. http://t.co/cdF0GrE6oV-- Jack Osbourne (@JackOsbourne) October 27, 2013
Just a perfect day You made me forget myself I thought I was someone else Someone good. X Lou Reed-- rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed was carried away on a Satellite of Love to the Dirty Little Boulevard in the sky. (Sorry, couldn't resist) He's in the pantheo ...-- RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Just met at the GQ Awards. The music of my generation. Still Relevant!-- Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 27, 2013
Oh no! RIP Lou Reed.-- Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) October 27, 2013
I met Lou Reed a couple times. Quiet guy. Dark at times and quick to quarrel but always cool... Insanely cool.-- Liev Schreiber (@LievSchreiber) October 28, 2013
RIP TO A GREAT FRIEND A FELLOW MUSICIAN. FROM MAXES TO THE MASSES YOU MADE THE WORLD SING. I LOVE YOU LOU! #LouReed— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) October 27, 2013
My friend Lou Reed came to the end of his song. So very sad.But hey, Lou, you'll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day.— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) October 27, 2013
Deepest Gratitude Lou Reed. Peace. http://t.co/PRmDlX2hOK-- mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) October 27, 2013
Rip great one lou reed-- Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) October 27, 2013
Just a perfect day you made me forget myself I thought I was someone else, someone good #RIP LOU REED-- Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) October 27, 2013
Rest in peace, Lou Reed. Your musical influence will never be forgotten.— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 27, 2013
Rest in peace Lou Reed and sympathies to Laurie Anderson...-- ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) October 27, 2013
so sad with the loss of Lou Reed -such an incredible visionary and songwriter. so inspirational. transformer on repeat.-- ke$ha (@keshasuxx) October 28, 2013
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.-- Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) October 27, 2013
Going to listen to Lou reeds "New York "today - with great sadness-- John Cusack (@johncusack) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. One of the greatest artists of our time.-- Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. A musician, artist and trailblazer who played by his own rules.— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed http://t.co/x9o2SJQx6L-- Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) October 27, 2013
The great & amazing Lou Reed has died my condolences 2 his wife Laurie Anderson.Lou was1of a kind & this colored girl still says dededede...-- Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) October 27, 2013
Oh my god. Lou Reed. I can't believe it. Rest in peace. Genius.-- Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. Cool cat. Hey babe take a walk on the wild side. Encouraging words for a young Virginia.-- virginia madsen (@madlyv) October 27, 2013