Laurie Anderson Pens Farewell Essay to Lou Reed

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Lou Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson has written a reflection on the 21 years she spent with her husband for the upcoming November issue of Rolling Stone, which will be dedicated to the late musician’s memory. In the essay, Anderson describes the singer’s final moments at his home in East Hampton, New York and takes some time to describe their relationship.

As meditators, we had prepared for this – how to move the energy up from the belly and into the heart and out through the head. I have never seen an expression as full of wonder as Lou’s as he died. His hands were doing the water-flowing 21-form of tai chi. His eyes were wide open. I was holding in my arms the person I loved the most in the world, and talking to him as he died. His heart stopped. He wasn’t afraid. I had gotten to walk with him to the end of the world. Life – so beautiful, painful and dazzling – does not get better than that. And death? I believe that the purpose of death is the release of love

Anderson had previously written a brief open letter last week saying that her husband had died peacefully performing his daily tai chi. You can read the entire essay online or in the magazine’s forthcoming issue.

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