Lou Reed's Widow Pens Tribute to Late Husband

Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, circa 1992

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Plenty of Lou Reed tributes have surfaced since the icon's death Sunday (Oct. 27), but none may be as moving as the letter penned by Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson.

In a piece published in the East Hampton Star newspaper on Long Island, Anderson recalls Reed's last days, explaining how she got him out of the hospital a few days prior to come home to Springs, N.Y. According to Anderson, Reed "was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. 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."

She called the rocker "a prince and a fighter," signing the obituary "his loving wife and eternal friend."

Yesterday, we reported that sales of Reed's music have surged since his death from liver disease, with more expected throughout the week.

Read the full obituary below.

 

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. 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.

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.

— Laurie Anderson
his loving wife and eternal friend

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