Rocker Lou Reed Has Liver Transplant

71-year-old recuperating nicely, says his wife

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 1, 2013 9:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – Lou Reed is recovering from a liver transplant, his wife tells the Times of London. The 71-year-old had the surgery several weeks ago at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, says Laurie Anderson, herself a performance artist. "It's as serious as it gets," she tells the newspaper. "He was dying." But she adds that Reed is doing well in recovery. Reed, who co-founded the Velvet Underground before his solo career ("Take a Walk on the Wild Side") has spoken—and sung—of his past use of booze and drugs, notes AP.

Lou Reed performs at Lollapalooza in 2009.
Lou Reed performs at Lollapalooza in 2009.   (AP Photo/John Smierciak, File)
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