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