Lou Reed underwent life-saving liver transplant last month, says his wife

Former Velvet Underground man is recovering from operation

Lou Reed underwent a life-saving liver transplant last month, according to his wife Laurie Anderson.

Musician and artist Anderson, who married the former Velvet Underground man in 2008, revealed that Reed had been recovering since his operation but suggested that he might not “ever totally recover” from the surgery.

Speaking to the Times, she said: “It’s as serious as it gets. He was dying. You don’t get it for fun.” She later added: “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 t’ai chi. I’m very happy. It’s a new life for him.”

Anderson also spoke of her admiration for the operation Reed received in a Cleveland hospital. “You send out two planes – one for the donor, one for the recipient – at the same time. You bring the donor in live, you take him off life support. It’s a technological feat. I was completely awestruck. I find certain things about technology truly, deeply inspiring.”

In March of this year, Reed cancelled a number of live dates “due to unavoidable complications”. He had been scheduled to play at Coachella Weekend One as well as a number of gigs in the US, but was forced to pull all the shows. In the same month, meanwhile, he surprised fans in New York when he made an appearance at a playback of his seminal album ‘Transformer’.

The singer collaborated with Metallica on their joint album ‘Lulu’ in October 2011, although the LP received negative reviews and Reed later claimed that fans of the heavy metal band had threatened to shoot him because they were so disappointed with the LP.