A tribute to Lou Reed written by Morrissey was posted on Morrissey's True To You fan site on Sunday, following Reed's death at the age of 71.
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.
Morrissey has long been a fan of Lou Reed. In his recent biography, Morrissey wrote about Reed's impact on rock music.
"The daring brilliance of early Lou Reed takes its place with the literary greats, partly because he denied all tradition in his writing and physical presentation. With his Velvet Underground, life itself was the moveable stage; lowbrow, imaginer, maker, self-regarding, susceptible to the will to corrupt."