Lou Reed, Velvet Underground founder, poet, successful solo artist and Long Island native, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.
Lou Reed, Velvet Underground founder, poet, successful solo artist and Long Island native, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.

A candlelight vigil and musical performance honoring the life of Lou Reed, who died this weekend, will be held on the Nautical Mile in his childhood hometown of Freeport.

Family, friends fans and musicians are expected to gather for the tribute to the Long Island-native rock legend, who died Sunday at age 71 at his home in Amagansett following a liver transplant earlier this year.

Reed, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who graduated Freeport High School in 1959, sold millions of records as co-founder of The Velvet Underground and is considered one of the most influential performers in rock history with such classics as “Walk on the Wild Side,” “Sweet Jane” and “Pale Blue Eyes.”

The memorial luncheon is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hudon’s on the Mile on Woodcleft Avenue. There will be a performance in his honor at the ceremony, organizers say.

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