Lou Reed Keyboardist Michael Fonfara Dies at 74

Longtime Lou Reed keyboardist Michael Fonfara died in a Toronto hospital on Friday (Jan. 8) at age 74 of cancer. The Stevensville, Ontario-born keyboard player’s death was confirmed by his publicist, who said Fonfara had battled cancer for two years. Fonfara is best known for his decade-long run performing with late punk progenitor Reed on the albums Rock and Roll Heart (1976), Street Hassle (1978), Live: Take No Prisoners (1978), The Bells (1979) and 1980’s Growing Up in Public, which he co-wrote and co-produced with Reed.

“It is with heavy hearts that we sadly announce the passing of our dear friend and long-time bandmate, Michael Fonfara,” read a statement from his longtime bandmates in The Downchild Blues Band. “He was an incredible musician, a gentle soul and we were honoured to share the stage with him every time we performed. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and Read the rest