What a year for people dying. But Lou Reed! Seems unlikely, more than anything. I saw him perform in London in 1979 (I'm pretty sure that was the first time), & around town in subsequent years. He was our downtown Mick Jagger. As present & obvious as Katz's Deli. I bet half the people I know had listened to the Velvets within the last week, and the other half have a Lou Reed story. He never seemed to be the past, so how can he be dead in the present?