Performance artist Laurie Anderson has broken her silence following the death of her husband Lou Reed at the weekend (27Oct13) in a heartfelt open letter to the couple's Springs, New York neighbours.
The O Superman hitmaker, who was with the rocker when he lost his battle with liver disease at their home on Sunday, reveals Reed spent his final days marvelling at nature as summer turned to autumn in their rural New York town.
She writes, "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."
In the letter that has been published in the East Hampton Star newspaper, Anderson also explains she promised her husband she would take him home from hospital after doctors told him there was nothing else they could do for him following a liver transplant earlier this year (13).
She adds, "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."
She closes by stating, "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."