Reed died happy, looking at trees as he did tai chi
Lou Reed’s widow Laurie Anderson has told how he died while looking at the trees in his garden as he performed tai chi.
Musician and artist Anderson, 66, who married Reed in 2008, took him to their home in East Hampton, New York, where he died on Sunday morning.
In a touching obituary in the East Hampton Star, she writes: “To our neighbours: 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.”
She continues: “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.”
Anderson signs off as “his loving wife and eternal friend”.
Earlier this week Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, whose band worked with Reed on slated 2011 album Lulu, described the veteran art-rocker as “unfiltered”, “fragile” and “warm”, adding: “He would say: ‘Lars, I love you,’ and text me a heart. It was so beautiful. No matter what he was saying, he was always speaking his truth.”
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