Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesLou Reed died Sunday at age 71.

Iconic punk musician Lou Reed dies

Lou Reed died Sunday at age 71 after a career as the Velvet Underground's frontman and as a solo musician who was considered the father of indie rock and an ancestor of punk, new wave and the alternative rock movements of the 1970s, '80s and beyond.

Reed is credited with radically challenging rock's founding promise of good times and public celebration.

He influenced generations of musicians from David Bowie and R.E.M. to the Talking Heads and Sonic Youth.

Reed died in Southampton, N.Y., of an ailment related to his recent liver transplant, according to his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who added that Reed had been in frail health for months.

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