Lou Reed 'a prince and a fighter,' wife Laurie Anderson says in tribute

Musician Laurie Anderson has penned numerous songs, but last week she wrote a completely different type of composition -- an obituary for The East Hampton Star in memory of her husband, Freeport-raised rocker Lou Reed, who died last Sunday.

"Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs, [N.Y.]. And we made it!" Anderson, 66, wrote in the obit about Reed. The couple, who had been together for 18 years, tied the knot in 2008.

"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," she wrote in the obit which appeared in Thursday's Star. "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."

Anderson called the former Velvet Underground frontman, who succumbed to liver disease at age 71, "a prince and a fighter."

She signed the obituary "his loving wife and eternal friend."

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