Nachdem bereits Weggefährten wie Antony Hegarty, John Cale und David Bowie sich öffentlich von Lou Reed verabschiedeten, hat nun auch die Musikerin Laurie Anderson einen letzten, bewegenden Brief über ihren Mann verfasst.
Der im lokalen Wochenblatt The East Hampton Star veröffentlichte Text richtet sich an die Gemeinde, in der das Paar lebte, und beschreibt vor allem die letzten Tage Reeds, der laut Anderson während einer Tai-Chi-Übung verstarb. Hier der Brief im Wortlaut:
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
John Cale, Reeds kreativer Partner auf den ersten beiden Alben von Velvet Underground, blickte in seiner online gestellten Nachricht auf den intensiven Kontakt mit seinem Kollegen zurück, der trotz zahlreicher Auseinandersetzungen bis zu dessen Tode anhielt:
The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way —losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill…broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories—we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us.
Auch Antony Hegarty veröffentlichte auf Facebook ein längere Botschaft zum Tode seines frühen Förderers und langjährigen Kollaborateurs, in der er ihn mit einem Vater gleichstellte:
Lou was like a father to me. I have never felt so perceived and loved for who I actually am by a man than by Lou Reed. He fought tirelessly for me to have a place in the daylight culture. My career would never have taken off without Lou’s tremendous influence. Those close to Lou knew him as a lion-hearted and intensely caring friend. When discussing death a couple of weeks ago, he told me that I was focussed on the wrong thing. His goal especially recently has been to exercise his mental discipline to stay in the present and not be held hostage by fear of an illusory future. He faced death with dignity and courage, and even then remained a teacher and mentor to me. i miss him with all my heart. It is hard for me to reconcile that such a giant could really be gone.
Kürzer fasste sich David Bowie, der Reeds Transformer co-produzierte: »He was a master.« Patti Smith sagte über das Velvet-Underground-Gründungsmitglied: »So many of us have benefited from the work he has done. We all owe him a debt.«
Unser Nachruf auf den am letzten Sonntag gestorbenen Sänger, Musiker und Texter findet sich hier.