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Lou Reed Dead at 71: Celebs React to Legendary Rocker’s Death

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Legendary rock musician Lou Reed died at the age of 71 on Sunday, Oct. 27; Reed underwent a liver transplant in May, but the cause of death is still unknown

Legendary rock musician Lou Reed died at the age of 71 on Sunday, Oct. 27. According to Rolling Stone, the cause of death is still unknown. Reed is best known for his work with The Velvet Underground and his solo career that spanned over several decades. The Brooklyn native is survived by his wife Laurie Anderson.

Immediately following the news, messages started to pour in on Twitter. Among those who expressed grief over Reed's death were Judd Apatow, Darren Criss and Olivia Wilde. Read on for their reactions, and others:

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Randy Jackson: Rip great one lou reed

Lenny Kravitz: Lou, rest in peace on the wild side. #rip #loureed

Justin Timberlake: #RIPLouReed

Paul Stanley: RIP Lou Reed. A musician, artist and trailblazer who played by his own rules.

Flea: I love Lou reed so much. Always

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Neil Patrick Harris: Rest in peace, Lou Reed. Your musical influence will never be forgotten.

Gabriel Mann: You took us all for a walk on the wild side..RIP Lou Reed

Iman Abdulmajid: May he rest in peace RT @cnni: Velvet Underground's Lou Reed, rock legend, dies at 71

Boy George: Lou Reed "My bullshit is worth more than other people’s diamonds."

Mackenzie Phillips: This is the saddest news. Rest in Peace Lou Reed.

Rose McGowan: Lou Reed. Someone said it seemed like he didn't give a f-ck about the established rules. And that is incredibly freeing.

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Dave Navarro: F-ck! One of my all time heroes and friends has passed. RIP Lou!

Judd Apatow: I met Lou Reed and told him he gave me tinnitus at a concert in 1989 that never went away and it was worth it. Dirty Blvd. Love to Lou. 

Miguel: wow, just getting to my phone… RIP Lou Reed

Jaime King: We will miss you Lou Reed. Rest is peace.

Miles Teller: RIP Lou Reed

Soleil Moon Frye: I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it. – Lou Reed

Darren Criss: 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.

Susan Sarandon: NY lost one of its originals with Lou Reed's passing. So sad. RIP.

Julianne Moore: Oh no! RIP Lou Reed.

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Abigail Breslin: R.I.P Lou Reed.

Minnie Driver: Lou Reed, oh Lou Reed xxx

LeAnn Rimes Cibrian: R.I.P. Lou Reed what a sad loss

Juliette Lewis: Me too #LouReed RT “@studiodog: Feeling John Lennon sad right now”

Andy Cohen: Jackie is just speeding away Thought she was James Dean for a day Then I guess she had to crash Valium would have helped that bash #LouReed

Carson Daly: RIP Lou Reed. The Velvet Underground broke all the rules and made music and art become one in NYC during a special era- best to his family 

Piper Perabo: Heaven just got cooler, thank you for all you have given us Lou Reed

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

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Rainn Wilson: Lou Reed was carried away on a Satellite of Love to the Dirty Little Boulevard in the sky. (Sorry, couldn't resist) He's in the pantheo ..

Chris Daughtry: Sad to hear of the tragic loss in rock n roll today. #RIPLouReed

Whoopi Goldberg: The great & amazing Lou Reed has died my condolences 2 his wife Laurie Anderson.Lou was1of a kind & this colored girl still says dededede…

David Boreanaz: R.I.P. Lou Reed. Your voice and music will forever be in my soul and heart.

Lena Dunham: We love you Lou. We love you Laurie.

Olivia Wilde: Damn. Lou Reed. Damn.

Steven McQueen: R.I.P. Lou Reed

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