Lou Reed's Widow Gets Stuck in Spa's Hyperbaric Chamber

Laurie Anderson panicked but freed herself before FDNY arrived

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 13, 2014 10:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Laurie Anderson, musician, performance artist, and widow of rocker Lou Reed, went into a hyperbaric chamber in Chelsea's Pure Flow spa last week ... and couldn't get out. The 67-year-old texted a friend when the chamber's zipper got stuck and she started experiencing shortness of breath, and that friend called 911. The FDNY arrived on scene to find Anderson had already managed to escape from the $100-per-hour chamber, which spa-goers visit for oxygen treatments. "She is shaken up, but she's OK," a neighbor tells the New York Daily News. The spa denies any malfunction.

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)
Performance artist Laurie Anderson plays a whistle and an electric violin as dogs and their owners gather at the Sydney Opera House for a concert in Sydney, Saturday, June 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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