Nightly News   |  October 27, 2013

Rock pioneer Lou Reed dead at 71

NBC’s Lester Holt looks back at the founding member of the groundbreaking rock group The Velvet Underground, who passed away after complications from a liver transplant.

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>> he didn't have a lot of chart-topping hits. 1972 's " walk on the wild side " his most memorable. but few artists had as much impact on the state of rock and roll as lou reed , the front man for velvet under ground. his lyrics often took us into society's underbelly, best noted in "heroin." he's known for collaborating with andy warhol in the 1960s . reed was an admitted hard drinker and drug user . he underwent a liver transplant this year. lou reed died today at 71