Laurie Anderson has published a short tribute to her late husband, Lou Reed.
The death of Lou Reed has been accompanied by all manner of tributes, reflecting the enormous esteem that the artist was held in. Yet those who lost the most were Lou Reed's family, with many expressing their sympathies to his wife - fellow avant garde artist Laurie Anderson.
Maintaining a dignified silence, Laurie Anderson agreed to pen a short tribute for local newspaper the East Hampton Star. Beautifully written, it describes the seminal Velvet Underground artist as "a prince and a fighter" while expressing her thanks towards the East Hampton community.
Find 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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Meanwhile, the final photograph taken of Lou Reed has been placed online. Appearing on the songwriter's official website, the photo is accompanied by the following caption from Reed's manager Tom Sarig:
"Just a couple of weeks ago Lou did a photo session intended to become a print ad for his friend Henri Seydoux’s French audio headphones company Parrot. The renowned photographer Jean Baptiste Mondino took the shots, and this was the very last shot he took. Always a tower of strength."
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