The music world is still reeling from the passing of Lou Reed , who died Sunday at age 71, reportedly of liver disease . As news of Reed's death spread, a variety of luminaries from throughout the entertainment world sent out messages paying tribute to the influential and acclaimed singer and songwriter.
Now, many other famous artists have issued statements of their own paying homage to Reed, including some of the biggest names in the rock and pop world.
David Bowie was a longtime friend who produced Lou's breakout solo album, 1972's Transformer . He released a brief statement that says, simply, "He was a master."
Reed's fellow founding Velvet Underground band mate John Cale , meanwhile, issued a new message that follows the initial tribute he released on Sunday shortly after news of Lou's death broke.
"The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach," writes Cale in a statement posted on RollingStone.com . "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."
Peter Gabriel posted an even longer homage to Reed on his official website , lavishing praise on Lou for his artistic contributions while also commenting on the late rocker's infamously edgy personality.
"We have lost a great artist, and I have lost my friend," writes the ex- Genesis frontman. "You brought a great novelist's unswerving attention to the human psyche and soul and attached it to an electric guitar….You carried…honesty, purity and passion into whatever you did…You could be so difficult, narcissistic and intransigent, but anyone you allowed beyond that leather-jacketed protective and sometimes-poisonous veneer got to meet a special man that was sweet, tender and exceptionally loyal."
Here is a selection of tributes to Reed from several other famous artists:
Aerosmith 's Steven Tyler : "RIP TO A GREAT FRIEND A FELLOW MUSICIAN. FROM [MAX'S KANSAS CITY] TO THE MASSES YOU MADE THE WORLD SING. I LOVE YOU LOU!
The Beach Boys ' Brian Wilson : "Lou Reed was a great songwriter and story teller. I especially connected with his ballads. I think 'Sad Song' was one of my favorites. He will truly be missed."
The Doors ' John Densmore : "The soul of NYC has broken on thru. Much respect, Lou."
The Kinks ' Ray Davies : "Rest in Peace Lou, Rest in Peace."
Alice Cooper : "1 of the true originals in rock. A MASTER. New York personified. Lost a great poet & a great friend. RIP."
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