"[Lou Reed] really saw the beauty of life, and wanted to be a person who could live in that beauty as often as possible," longtime publicist Bill Bentley says. Karl Walter/Getty Images hide caption

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Never Back Down: Fresh Air Remembers Lou Reed

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World Cafe Remembers Lou Reed

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Lou Reed, from a live performance at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club. Joel Didriksen for NPR/kingpinphoto.com hide caption

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Lou Reed in Concert

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