(ABC News) – From the person that possibly knew him best, Lou Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson wrote an obituary for the singer/songwriter who died of liver disease earlier this week at age 71. It ran today in the East Hampton Star.
Reed had a liver transplant in April and when doctors found out recently that they could no longer treat his end-stage liver disease, they sent him home. Anderson, 66, talks about their final days together back home in Long Island.
“Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs,” she said. “And we made it!”
Reed first emerged as a force in the world of music as the lead singer for the Velvet Underground. The band’s debut album, “The Velvet Underground & Nico,” was released in 1967 and in 2003 Rolling Stone magazine called it the 13th greatest album of all time. In 1996 the band was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of fame.