Lou Reed, left, and David Bowie attend the opening of...

Lou Reed, left, and David Bowie attend the opening of Lou Reed NY photography exhibit at the Gallery at Hermes in Manhattan. (Jan. 19, 2006) Credit: Getty Images

Tributes for the legendary Lou Reed keep pouring in as word gets out about the legendary Freeport native’s death Sunday in Southampton after battling liver disease.

John Cale, who co-founded the Velvet Underground with Reed, said in a statement, “The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way -- losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill...broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories - we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us.”

David Bowie issued a post on Facebook, along with a photo of the pair, reporting Reed’s death “with great sadness.” “He was a master,” Bowie wrote.

Morrissey blogged about Reed’s death on True to You, writing, “No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed. He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew the Lou of recent years and he was always full of good heart. His music will outlive time itself. We are all timebound, but today, with the loss of liberating Lou, life is a pigsty.”

Reed’s career was an impressively eclectic mix that would touch some fans and enrage others, often with the same collection of music. However, there were some Reed classics that have become (almost) universally loved.

Here are five of the best:

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