Lou Reed's Wife Places Tender Obit in Local Paper

Says he spent last days 'dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 1, 2013 8:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Lou Reed's wife, artist and musician Laurie Anderson, has offered up a tribute to her late husband and the Long Island community they loved via an obituary she placed in the East Hampton Star yesterday. Stereogum has a copy: "Even though we're city people this is our spiritual home," Anderson writes. "Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!" She says Reed, a tai chi master, died "looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air."

Included is this touching line: "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." She signs the obit as "his loving wife and eternal friend." Click to read it in full.

Lou Reed, right, and Laurie Anderson discuss their roles as co-curators of the annual Vivid Festival in Sydney Friday, May 28, 2010.
Lou Reed, right, and Laurie Anderson discuss their roles as co-curators of the annual Vivid Festival in Sydney Friday, May 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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