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Lou Reed Remembered By Friends, Musicians and Artists Worldwide

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Lou Reed circa 1976. (Keystone/Getty Images)

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The death of rock legend Lou Reed yesterday cosmically evoked his Velvet Underground song “Sunday Morning.”  With his lasting legacy being the man who casted rock ‘n’ roll into the abstract and existential, perhaps it’s fitting he’d pass away on a day that he set out for himself: a perfect fall Sunday in New York City, the city Reed came to define over his five-decade career.

The Velvet Underground member with whom he wrote “Sunday Morning,” John Cale, offered a few reverent and nostalgic words over Reed’s passing.

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“The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet,” Cale said on his Facebook page. While most social media tributes lionized Reed as an untouchably cool rock ‘n’ roll legend, Cale described him poignantly as “my school-yard buddy.”

Another of Reed’s career collaborators offered up a short public statement upon Reed’s passing. David Bowie co-produced Reed’s landmark 1972 solo record Transformer.

“He was a master,” Bowie said simply on his Facebook page.

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Peter Gabriel — another friend, fan and collaborator — penned an elegant, touching ode on his Tumblr. Speaking of Reed’s wife since 2008, Laurie Anderson, Gabriel wrote, “Watching you and Laurie finding each other was like watching teenage sweethearts. Everyone knew New York Lou, who could tell you all the ups and downs of the modern-day urban explorer, exploring drugs and sexual identity, but how many noticed the great romantic poet of the Power of the Heart that you wrote for Laurie. And what wry sharp intelligence you carried with you at all times, that could cut through any packaging and reveal the living and beating core.”

Other Reed contemporaries, followers, admirers and fans — in and outside of the music world — posted notes of grief and disbelief at his passing that fateful Sunday morning and well into the day on social media. Here are but some of them:

Paul de Revere, Radio.com

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