Lou Reed‘s widow Laurie Anderson has written an obituary to her husband after he died last Sunday (October 27th) at the age of 71.
Writing in the East Hampton Star, which serves the residents of Springs, East Hampton in New York where Reed spent his final years, Anderson writes:
“To our neighbors: What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us. Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we’re city people this is our spiritual home. Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it! Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature.”
Lou Reed’s cause of death was confirmed as liver disease by the doctor who had been treating him in the days leading up to his passing. Earlier this year, Reed underwent what was described at the time as a ‘life saving’ liver transplant.
“He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air,” the tribute continues. “Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.”