Lou Reed

Lou Reed is on the mend after receiving a liver transplant last month. Speaking to the London Times, Reed’s wife, Laurie Anderson, said Reed’s condition prior to the surgery was “as serious as it gets” ... “he was dying.”

Earlier this year Reed cancelled five concert appearances scheduled for April, including two at Coachella, without specifying a reason. The veteran rocker recently posted an update about his health on his website. “I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry,” he wrote. “I am bigger and stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years, thanks to Master Ren Guang-yi.” Reed also promised that a swift return to music is a top priority. “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."