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Laurie Anderson calls late husband Lou Reed a 'prince and a fighter' in tribute letter

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Laurie Anderson says her late husband Lou Reed was a "prince and a fighter" whose music reflected his love of life.

Anderson's tribute to Reed was published Thursday in a suburban New York newspaper. Reed died Sunday at 71 from complications following a liver transplant.

Anderson wrote that she brought Reed from the hospital to their home in Springs, N.Y., one week earlier. She says he "spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature."

Anderson says Reed was a "tai chi master" who was practicing its forms with his hands when he died.

She signs the letter as "his loving wife and eternal friend."

For Lou Reed

Published in the obituaries section of the East Hampton Star:

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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