Lou Reed in 2009. (John Smierciak / AP)

Lou Reed is recovering from a liver transplant. The 71-year-old songwriter — who abused drugs for many years from his Velvet Underground days onward, but kicked the habit decades ago — had the surgery last month in Cleveland, his wife Laurie Anderson told the U.K. Sunday Times. “It’s as serious as it gets. He was dying,” she said. “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.”

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