The world has lost a true music great this morning. Velvet Underground founder and all-around rock and roll icon Lou Reed has passed away. No word yet on cause of death, but Reed did undergo a liver transplant back in May, so I’m assuming his health had been failing for awhile. I’m a huge fan and the only thing that’s giving me any sense of comfort about Reed’s passing today has been listening to all of the incredible music he created. Boy, I still can’t quite believe it. Reed was 71 and leaves behind his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson. Reed shared this photo just hours before his death:
I’m trying to find some poetry in the fact that he died on Sunday morning, but am still too sad to see the beauty in that.
But Reed isn’t the only artist we’ve lost in the past few days. Yesterday, we learned the sad news that Marcia Wallace had finally succumbed to her longtime battle with breast cancer just one week shy of her 70th birthday. Wallace was probably most famous for voicing Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons” and for playing the amazing Carol Kester on “The Bob Newhart Show.”
Simpsons executive producer Al Jean released this statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace. She was beloved by all at “The Simpsons” and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”
Seems the totally appropriate thing to do. A true talent and by all accounts, she was a great lady who brought a lot of joy to people’s lives, both personally and professionally. She will be sorely missed.
We also lost veteran stuntman Hal Needham, who died on Friday at the age of 82. Needham went on to direct several action movies including two classics, Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run. He won a scientific and engineering Oscar in 1986 for the development of a camera car and was also awarded the Governor’s Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2012. In his speech, Needham said, “You’re looking at the luckiest man alive.” And I would just add that we were lucky to have him.
Okay Universe…I think we’ve had enough for one week.
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