Laurie Anderson has written and published a brief obit for her husband, Lou Reed, in The East Hampton Star. The full text of what she wrote is below, but she notes that Reed had been in the hospital recently, but came home toward the end of his life. He spent his last days enjoying his surroundings, and died Sunday while lying in bed doing Tai Chi.
He was 71.
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 Andersonhis loving wife and eternal friend