Lou Reed's death from liver disease at age 71 has brought forth an outpouring of grief, memories and tributes from the music community. And now, the person most affected by his death—his wife, experimental artist Laurie Anderson—has written a touching obituary for Reed.
Published in the East Hampton Star—a local paper from a New York town the couple frequented—Anderson's obit is simple, heartfelt and heartbreaking. Read it below.
To our neighbors:
What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us.
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.
Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!
Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died 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.
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. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.
— Laurie Anderson
his loving wife and eternal friend