Lou Reed Recovering After Liver Transplant

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June 1, 2013 | 9:25am EST

Veteran rocker Lou Reed is recovering after undergoing a life-saving liver transplant.
The former Velvet Underground singer had the operation in April, his musician wife Laurie Anderson revealed in a recent interview with Britain’s The Times.
She explains, “It’s as serious as it gets. He was dying. You don’t get it for fun… 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 (martial art) t’ai chi. I’m very happy. It’s a new life for him.”
The 71 year old pulled out of a number of concerts – including two sets at California’s Coachella music festival in April – to have the procedure in Cleveland, Ohio.
Anderson admits she was impressed with the treatment her husband received, adding, “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.”
The couple married in 2008.