On October 27, 71-year-old Lou Reed passed away in his New York home and the world was left a little colder. Reed was essentially the definition of the word “icon,” having fronted The Velvet Underground (only one of the greatest bands ever, NBD) before embarking on a formidable solo career that helped inspire and shape the careers of basically everyone who came after him. Never falling prey to other people’s standards or rules, Reed was truly a complete package – a legitimate maverick, a bona fide musician, and a painfully brilliant songwriter. His death has no doubt affected millions of people, all who have their own “VU saved my life” story, and the impact of his passing had many celebs expressing their shock and grief over Twitter.
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.
— The Who (@TheWho) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed.Thank you for your beautiful/dark lyrics/music and stance on life.You inspired me from my teenage years right up till today.
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. One of the greatest artists of our time.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) October 27, 2013
Condolances to Lou Reed’s offspring – punk rock, hard rock, alt rock, grunge, metal, and the world we live in. Rest In Peace.
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) October 27, 2013
Oh my god. Lou Reed. I can’t believe it. Rest in peace. Genius.
— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) October 27, 2013
Damn. Lou Reed. Damn.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) October 27, 2013
Goodbye Lou Reed. You gave me my strength and helped me in my weakness.
— Carl Barat (@carlbaratmusic) October 27, 2013
May you forever walk on the wild side, Lou Reed. Terribly sad to hear of your passing.
— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. New York lost one of our greatest gifts today…
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) October 27, 2013
Very sad to hear the news of Lou Reed’s passing. Another rocknroll legend has left us mere mortals behind. Thanks for the inspiration, Lou.
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) October 27, 2013
NY lost one of its originals with Lou Reed’s passing. So sad. RIP.
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. you made the world a better place. we are forever grateful.
— jim james (@jimjames) October 27, 2013
— Juliette Lewis (@JulietteLewis) 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