the dj that posted this on a local radio website (woxy.com) returned to the post and stated that it was a hoax, i guess it was apparently part of a mass email that nine times out of ten is correct.. and this time it was wrong
Lou Reed, 57, Succumbs to Addictions
NEW YORK, New York (Reuters) -- A city still mourning the death of punk rock innovator Joey Ramone has endured another tragedy as
Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed was found dead in his apartment last night, apparently from an overdose of the painkiller demerol.
His body was discovered at approximately 10:45 PM last night in the Chelsea apartment he was sharing with his wife, avant-garde pop
musician Laurie Anderson. Paramedics responding to a 911 call attempted to resucitate Mr. Reed. Reed was declared dead at the 13th Precint morgue at 3:4512:00 AM.
He formed the group The Velvet Underground with John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen "Moe" Tucker in New York, 1965. The group soon became a part of Andy Warhol's Factory, which housed a great number of the most outsider and experimenting artists at the time. In 1970 Lou Reed began his solo-career. His first two albums, "Lou Reed" (1971) and "Transformer" (1972) were produced by long-time admirer of the Velvets, David Bowie. That year he had his only hit single, "Walk on the Wildside". Through the 1970's
he made a large number of albums with "Berlin" (1973), "Rock'n Roll Animal" (1974) and "Street Hassle" (1978) being the artistic highlights of this period. The following album "The Blue Mask" (1982) stands as one of his best. In 1989 he made "New York" - a loveletter to his city, with a heavy critisism of American thinking. In the 1990's he has continued to be one of the most
sharp-tongued rock'n'roll poets in the USA. In 1993 The Velvet Underground was re-formed with its original line-up, and toured around the world. In 1997 Lou Reed, along with former Velvet bandmates John Cale, Maureen Tucker, and the late Sterling Morrison
were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lou Reed stands today as one of the most important songwriters in our time, and has served as inspiration to artists like David Bowie, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails, U2, David Byrne and Patti Smith.
Later in his life Reed became close friends
with Czech president Vaclav Havel and former
Secretary of State Madelaine Albright, who
was frequently seen at Reed's NYC
appearances. When notified of Reed's death,
Albright issued this statement: "Lou Reed was
a close personal friend of mine, and an
inspiration for the true freedoms allowed in
this country. His recent secretive abuse of
painkillers and untimely death is tragic and
should be used as an example for all about the
dangers of narcotics. Lou Reed, I will miss
David Bowie made this comment to a CNN.com correspondant via phone call: "In the last several years, Lou and I had the opportunity
to rekindle a friendship that has seen many ups, downs, and corners. Lou's art is a testiment to the genius and eccentricity he possessed. I would have never believed he was using again if not for this tragedy. He was in great health and great spirits, and the new material he was recording was some of the best of his career."
The record Lou Reed was working on, the prophetically titled "Angels Fly Far from Heaven Here," is said to be a thematic work about
love lost and regret. Sources close to the recording process have said it to be a return to his "Berlin" style of storytelling. Almost all of Reed's vocals and guitar parts were completed before his death. Laurie Anderson and Reed's friend Phillip Glass issued a statement today commiting to finishing the record which will be released posthumously by Warner Brothers on August 14th.
Mr. Reed is survived by his wife Laurie Anderson. A private funeral ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow, at an undisclosed NYC