Sterling Morrison, Original Member of The Velvet Underground, Dead At 53

Sterling Morrison died Wednesday night at his home Poughkeepsie, NY a day

after his 53rd birthday. He lost his long, painful fight with lymphoma

(cancer of the lymph glands). He's survived by his wife, Martha and two

children. Sterling began his musical career in 1964 playing guitar in the

original Velvet Underground, with Lou Reed (vocals, guitar), John Cale

(vocals, bass, viola), Angus MacLise ( drums, but who left early on and was

replaced by Moe Tucker, a childhood friend of Morrison's). When the Velvets

broke up in 1971, Morrison studied for and received his Ph.D. in English

Literature from the University of Texas at Austin.