For Lou Reed

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


laurie, my deepest love and condolences. to me, you will always be the king and queen of new york. peter
The Walk on the Wild Side has ended in Peace
My heart felt sympathies to Laurie Anderson, and the rest of Lou's friends and family members. I only had the opportunity to see Lou live once, back in the 80's--but he put on a great show and we had such a wonderful time. Now more than ever, I feel so blessed to have been there. His music, however, has always been a part of my life. He was a true rock legend by the definition of the words and I am so very sorry for OUR loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time and I hope you find comfort in the each other and the memories of the years you shared with him. "R.I.P...Rock in Peace, Lou, my world and I will miss you much..." My love to all of you and to Laurie, I thought your obituary was beautiful...stay positive, Sweetie, and keep your chin up. God Bless. Sincerely, Becca Atchley-Harrison, Stockton, CA
We should all be so fortunate to die in a place of comfort and peace.
Hi Laurie. Thank you for this. And what a photo! Words can not begin to express the impact Lou Reed had on my life. It was through her interpretation of Lou's words and music that I first heard Nico, whose name I took as my own when the time came for me to choose my new name. In some ways then, I've always felt myself named after Lou, at one remove. I didn't always follow his work in recent years, but for better or, yes for sometimes maybe less than better, Lou's work has followed me for most of my life, and no doubt will for the duration. I've always thought myself lucky for that. Sending white light Love to you and to all Lou's friends and fans. To all tomorrow's parties..... Nico Detourn
Laurie, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Lou's death was troubling to many of us. You have given a sense of peace and closure I could not find anywhere else. I am sure many people feel the same way too. Thank you. For many years, I have followed both Lou's and your artistic muses: appreciating your art, thinking, feeling. You are both special people. After reading this, I know you are a strong and wonderful person. Lou was lucky he had you in his life, and you were the best person for him during his passing. Universal love, Theodore J. Richter Madison, Wisconsin