Lou Reed’s obituary – by his wife, Laurie Anderson

Lou Reed’s obituary – by his wife, Laurie Anderson


norman lebrecht

November 01, 2013

In the obituaries section of the East Hampton Star, their local newspaper, Laurie Anderson has posted the following loving notice:

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


lou reed marion kalter

November 2012. Photo (c) Marion Kalter/Lebrecht Music&Arts


Here’s a fuller version in the new Rolling Stone.


  • Barnaby Gibbons says:

    Beautiful, thank you and love to you xx

  • brushknees says:


    many thank-you’s……

  • Brenda Bottomley says:

    Sending prayers and heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

    My late husband and I were huge fans of Lou and his music.

    “There is a light that always shines”