Musician Lou Reed dies aged 71

Influential musician Lou Reed, founding member of the Velvet Underground and famous for solo hits including Walk on the Wild Side and Perfect Day, has died aged 71.

Vatican tweets 'Perfect Day' tribute to Lou Reed

The Vatican's culture representative, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, has tweeted a verse from Lou Reed's song 'Perfect Day' in tribute to the US singer who died on Sunday.

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Oh, it's such a perfect day I'm glad I spend it with you Oh, such a perfect day You just keep me hanging on (Lou Reed)

The song has been interpreted as a reference to drug-taking, but the 71-year-old minister, who is the same age as Mr Reed was when he died, later clarified that he was not condoning any references to drugs.

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Lou Reed: Rock pioneer

Lou Reed, who died today, shot to prominence as a founding member of the seminal rock band The Velvet Underground in 1965.

New Yorker Reed was the main driving force being the Velvet Underground.

The group became known for their fusion of art and music, including collaborations with the godfather of Pop Art, Andy Warhol.

Classic tracks such as Sunday Morning and I'm Waiting for the Man have seen them regularly cited as one of the greatest influences on contemporary rock music.

Lou Reed with Mick Jagger and his collaborator David Bowie in 1973.

Reed's second solo album Transformer, co-produced by David Bowie, contained the hit singles Walk on the Wild Side and Perfect Day.

He went on to release more than 20 solo albums, the last being 2011's 'Lulu', and performed live until he became ill with liver failure earlier this year.

Lou Reed performs on stage in Berlin in June 2012. Credit: Matthias Balk/DPA

World of entertainment mourns Lou Reed

Celebrities from across the world of entertainment have taken to Twitter to mourn the death of legendary musician Lou Reed, who died "a few hours ago", his UK publicist confirmed to ITV News.

Hollywood actors Samuel L Jackson and John Cusack and comedian Ricky Gervais were among those to pay tribute:

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R.I.P. Lou Reed. Just met at the GQ Awards. The music of my generation. Still Relevant!

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Lou Reed RIP - always inspired by him - terrible news - only knew him through his art -a great - a singular poet -

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Musicians pay tribute to 'great' Lou Reed

Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones lead the world of music's tributes to Lou Reed, who has died aged 71, his agent reportedly confirmed to the Guardian newspaper.

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RIP Lou Reed. Shocked and saddened. The Futureheads love you.

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Sad to hear about Lou Reed, one of the greatest songwriters ever. Rest in peace, x