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Lou Reed surprised fans over the weekend by revealing that he underwent a liver transplant during April at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
The operation was the reason Reed canceled his planned appearance at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and other dates "due to unavoidable complications" In a Facebook posting, Reed called himself "a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years...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's wife, fellow performer Laurie Anderson, told the London Times that Reed's condition was "as serious as it gets. He was dying. You don't get (a transplant) for fun."
She said the couple chose the Cleveland Clinic because they felt New York's hospital were "dysfunctional," and she said that Reed will "never totally recover from this...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."