Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 27, 2013

"In 2006 I was contacted by Lou Reed’s management about Lou being a fan and about a possible collaboration. I divide my artistic life into two halves, before and after that moment. I grew up on Lou Reed and he was like an idol to me, though I never dreamed he would like or even hear any music I made. The project didn’t end up happening, but at a concert we played with him in 2007 Lou told me he thought I was a great rock and roll singer and that I could sing anything. It was like he gave me permission to do anything in the world artistically, and it set me free. In person, he was gentle and affectionate and sweet, the exact opposite of the acerbic character I’d expected.The warmth and encouragement of that evening has stayed with me for years, and I can still feel it today. He was a guiding light for me, the way he was for generations of artists for decades, all over the world. I’m in shock that he’s gone."

- Will Sheff