Morrissey and Lou Reed

Not surprisingly, news of legendary rocker Lou Reed’s death traveled with lightning speed across the Internet today, and an entire generation of musicians influenced by him and The Velvet Underground quickly weighed in on the legend’s passing.

Below we’ve collected social media reaction from many of them, including members of Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, the Pixies and more.


Statement from Morrissey:

‘Oh Lou / why did you leave us this way?’

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.

‘7 glasses used to be
called for six good mates and me
now we only call for three’

-Patrick MacGill

27 October 2013

Statement from David Bowie:


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Lou Reed who died today aged 71. (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013)

David Bowie said of his old friend: “He was a master.”