In this Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009 file photo, Lou Reed performs at the Lollapalooza music festival, in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Smierciak, File) by Hillel ItalieAP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Lou Reed, the punk poet of rock n’ roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, died Sunday age 71. 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. Reed shared a home in Southampton with his wife and fellow musician, Laurie Anderson, whom he married in 2008. Reed never approached the commercial success of such superstars as the Beatles and Bob Dylan, but no songwriter to emerge after Dylan so radically expanded the territory of rock lyrics. And no band did more than the Velvet Underground to open rock music to the avant-garde — to experimental theater, art, literature and film, to William Burroughs and Kurt Weill, to John Cage and Andy Warhol, Reed’s early patron.
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Jermaine Jackson performs with The Jacksons on their Unity Tour 2012 at Star Plaza in Merrillville, IN. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP, File) Jackson dynasty matriarch, Katherine Jackson is reportedly hopping mad that her son Jermaine is in debt to the rafters, yet he just purchased a $160,000 Ferrari sports car.
Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson makes his way off an NFL football practice field at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Peterson said he is certain he will play Sunday despite a serious personal matter that caused him to miss practice earlier this week. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) by Dave CampbellAP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Adrian Peterson was 7, he saw his older brother die in a bike accident when he was hit by a drunken driver. For Peterson’s teenage years, his father was in prison. He grew up poor in east Texas. Shortly before the Minnesota Vikings drafted him in 2007, a half-brother, was shot and killed. Long before Peterson began running through the NFL record book, he learned to turn tragedy into fuel for an exceptional career. Football has always been his escape, and now he’s dealing with more off-the-field strife.
In this Oct. 17, 2010, file photo, San Diego Chargers free safety Paul Oliver catches a pass before the start of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Former San Diego Chargers and University of Georgia defensive back Paul Oliver committed suicide at his Atlanta-area home, a medical examiner said Wednesday.
This publicity image released by Parkwood Entertainment shows singer Beyonce performing during her world tour on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Parkwood Entertainment, Robin Harper)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Beyonce called in a concert for a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin, rapper Young Jeezy released a song in Martin’s memory and Russell Simmons called for peace after George Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida jury in the death of the teenager.
This 1973 photo released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Jim Kelly as Williams in a scene from “Enter the Dragon.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment) SAN DIEGO (AP) — Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in “Enter the Dragon” with Bruce Lee, has died. He was 67.
Cast members of “All in the Family,” from left, Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, and Sally Struthers pose with their Emmys backstage at the 24th annual Emmy Awards in Hollywood, Ca., Sunday night, May 14, 1972. (AP Photo) by Lynn Elber LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jean Stapleton’s Edith Bunker was such an offbeat, irresistible charmer that we had to love her. And because she loved her bombastic husband Archie, we made room for him and TV’s daring “All in the Family.”
HEAVY D–In this Oct. 1, 2011 photo, rapper Heavy D, also known as Dwight Arrington Myers, performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. The culture that in the 1990s lost its brightest stars to gun violence has in recent years seen a series of notable rappers die of drug- and health-related causes. Since 2011, hip-pop pioneer Heavy D, singer and rap chorus specialist Nate Dogg and New York rapper Tim Dog all died of ailments in their 40s. (AP Photo/David Goldman, file) by Ryan McPherson LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hip-hop may need a checkup.