Lou Reed’s Wife Posts Letter on Songwriter's Final Days

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Lou Reed’s Wife Posts Letter on Songwriter's Final Days

Laurie Anderson, musician and wife of Lou Reed, has posted an open letter in the East Hampton Star providing further details surrounding Reed’s final days.

Anderson details that she had made a promise to Reed last week to get him out of the hospital and back home at Springs, East Hampton in New York. The singer later died that Sunday morning while doing tai chi.

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.

The singer, who had been recovering from a liver transplant since May, died Sunday morning (Oct. 27) from liver disease at the age of 71. Read the rest here.

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