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Published On: Sun, Jun 2nd, 2013

Velvet Underground founder, Lou Reed, recovering from liver transplant

The Velvet Underground founder, singer/songwriter Lou Reed is recovering from a liver transplant he received at a Cleveland Clinic, according to a Washington Post report today.

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The 71-year-old rocker’s wife of five years, Laurie Anderson described the operation as “a big surgery which went very well”.

She said that Lou was in very bad shape, “It’s as serious as it gets. He was dying. You don’t get it for fun.”

In an interview, Anderson described the situation, “When you’ve been with someone for a long time, it’s almost like it’s happening to you because of the empathy between partners.”

She added; however,  “This is no longer an operation that is life threatening. They put it [the new liver] in immediately and it started to work immediately. Every week it gets better. I can imagine a world where you can get everything transplanted.”

Reed himself talked of  how he looks forward to performing again in a Facebook post:

“I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years, thanks to Master Ren Guang-yi. I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future.”

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    […] admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, Reed underwent a liver transplant earlier this year at the Cleveland Mayo Clinic, his wife, Laurie Anderson, told The Times of London, after he had […]

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