Everything Shimmering & Golden

Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.  —  Dr. Suess

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.

Lou 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.

Lawrence Lucier / Getty Images file
Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson in 2003.

 

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

An image of the eulogy as it appears online is courtesy of the East Hampton Star:

Laurie Anderson's eulogy to Lou Reed.

May Lou’s Spirit continue to soar.
As reported in part by David Rattray / The East Hampton Star

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