Laurie Anderson Issues Statement on Lou Reed's Death

Laurie Anderson Issues Statement on Lou Reed's Death
Following Lou Reed's passing last weekend, tributes began flooding in from all corners of the music world. Now, the Velvet Underground songwriter's wife Laurie Anderson has issued a statement on her husband's death.

Her message, which was published by the East Hampton Star, is filled with optimism, and it paints a positive picture of Reed's final days. Although the singer had been suffering from liver disease, Anderson notes that she had promised to take him out of the hospital and bring him to Springs (a hamlet on New York's Long Island).

Sure enough, Reed spent his final days surrounded by nature. Anderson writes, "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."

Read the extremely touching statement in full 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