Photo: Timothy Greenfield-SandersIn the wake of Lou Reed's death this past Sunday, stars from across the musical spectrum came forward with a variety of heartfelt tributes to the influential and acclaimed rocker. Now, Reed's wife, avant-garde musician Laurie Anderson, has published a letter in the obituary section of New York newspaper The East Hampton Star that reveals some details about Lou's last days.
In the message, which addresses her and Reed's neighbors in their part-time home of Springs, New York, Anderson notes, "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."
She continues, "Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!"
Acknowledging Reed's affinity for the Chinese martial art of tai chi, Anderson notes that he "spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature."
She adds, "He **** 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."
Lastly, Anderson describes her husband as "a prince and a fighter," adding, "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."
Reed **** from complications of liver disease. He was 71.
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