Tuesday 4 June 2013, 11:24 | By

Lou Reed: I am a triumph of modern medicine

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Lou Reed

Lou Reed has said that he is recovering well after a liver transplant and expects to get back to recording and performing in the near future.

As previously reported, Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson revealed that the former Velvet Underground frontman had undergone the major surgery in an interview with The Times published at the weekend. Explaining that he had been in very poor health, she said: “I don’t think he’ll ever totally recover from this, but he’ll certainly be back to doing [things] in a few months. He’s already working and doing tai chi. I’m very happy. It’s a new life for him”.

Responding in slightly more bombastic terms, Reed himself said in a statement issued via his Facebook page: “I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than stronger than ever. My Chen [tai chi] 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”.

Reed has studied tai chi under Ren Guang-yi for some time, the two of them starring in a short film about the martial art called ‘Final Weapon’ in 2010, which Reed also soundtracked.


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