Lou Reed’s Obituary, Placed By Laurie Anderson In Their Local Paper

Lou Reed

Lou Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson, an influential musician in her own right, has published her thoughts and words in an obituary for her husband that appeared in The East Hampton Star, the Long Island local paper from where she and Reed had been spending time over the past few years. Read her words 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

[Photo by Jean Baptiste Mondino from Reed’s final photo shoot.]