Laurie Anderson, the performance artist widow of Lou Reed, has written a touching eulogy for the late rocker that appeared Thursday in the East Hampton (N.Y.) Star newspaper.
Reed died on Oct. 27 at age 71 of liver disease, which followed a liver transplant he received earlier in 2013. Reed and Anderson wed in 2008, and had been together since 1995.
(Note: Traffic to the eulogy is crashing the newspaper's servers, which may make the piece appear not available at the link.)
Here is her letter in full:
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
Funeral arrangements for Reed have not yet been announced.
An image of the eulogy as it appears online is courtesy of the East Hampton Star: