12:50 PM EDT 11/04/2013
Originally posted 11/01/2013 11:20AM
Tributes poured in from all corners of the globe after Lou Reed died Sunday at the age of 71. Now, the woman closest to the legendary rocker – his wife, Laurie Anderson – has penned her own short, poignant remembrance: an obituary in their local newspaper.
"Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs, [N.Y.]. And we made it!" Anderson, 66, wrote in The East Hampton Star of her fellow musician and partner of 18 years, whom she wed in 2008.
"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," she added. "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."
Originally posted 10/27/2013 02:30PM
Lou Reed, the influential rock musician-songwriter best known for "Walk on the Wild Side," died Sunday at age 71, according to a report.
The cause of death was not immediately known. But Rolling Stone magazine, which reported his death, said Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.
As a founding member of The Velvet Underground, Reed was part of New York's thriving avant-garde art and music scene of the 1960s and a close associate of Andy Warhol.
The album The Velvet Underground & Nico, though never having mainstream success, is now considered one of the most influential rock albums of all time. Loaded in 1970 features two popular Reed songs, "Rock & Roll" and "Sweet Jane."
Originally posted 06/03/2013 10:30AM
After receiving a liver transplant last month, Lou Reed is on the road to recovery.
The former singer for The Velvet Underground, 71, underwent the life-saving surgery at the Cleveland Clinic weeks ago, the Times of London reports. In the interview with Reed's wife, Laurie Anderson, she reveals the "Walk on the Wild Side" singer's condition was "as serious as it gets" and that "he was dying."
On Saturday, Reed posted a message on his website about his health following the procedure.
Originally posted 04/25/2008 05:00PM
Legendary rocker Lou Reed married his longtime girlfriend, musician Laurie Anderson on April 12 in a quiet ceremony in Boulder, Colo. The couple, who has been together since 1995, held a quiet ceremony with two witnesses, Reed's rep confirms to PEOPLE.
"It was very low-key," the rep says of the ceremony, which was first reported by the New York Post.
On April 18, the newlyweds had a gathering of their closest friends to celebrate the union. Guests included director Julian Schnabel, music producer Hal Willner, and Law & Order: SVU star Richard Belzer.
"It was exactly what they wanted – an intimate gathering among friends," the rep says.
– Steve Helling
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