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Laurie Anderson Pens Obituary for Lou Reed

Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed
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The sad news of Lou Reed‘s passing has prompted dozens of tributes and remembrances, but it’s hard to imagine his death affecting anyone as deeply as his wife, Laurie Anderson.

Anderson, an eclectic artist and inventor who recorded some of the best-reviewed avant-garde rock albums of the ’80s and ’90s, has been romantically and creatively linked with Reed since the late ’90s. They were married in 2008.

To commemorate his passing, she penned an obituary for their local New York paper, The East Hampton Star (via Consequence of Sound) — and just like the best of her music, it finds unimaginable beauty through a singular perspective. Read it 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

 

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