Lou Reed is dead? Did anyone tell him?

May 9, 2001

Apparently many news organizations chose to broadcast a report yesterday that Lou Reed was dead.

They did so without any fact checking because they thought the report was from Reuter’s and was legit. Yesterday I thought this was odd, but I hadn’t seen the actual message. I didn’t really know much about the whole controversy, to tell the truth. The first mention I heard was from Ed when he forwarded me a message from Reed’s manager’s friend that said Reed was alive and well. At that point I didn’t even know he was supposed to be dead. Very confusing.

Today, of course, my inbox was chock full of copies. I mention this whole thing because I am astounded that the contents of the message apparently didn’t send up a single warning flag to anyone. I find that hard to believe. No one got suspicious when reading the line in the message where it says [Reed’s] “long-time companion and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright had no comment.”

Hi. Hello. The half-witted dog down the street could have sniffed out that this message was a hoax.

But what do I know? Maybe Reed and Albright are an item and I’m just the last to know. I don’t know if I’m fascinated by that idea or completely creeped out by it.

Lou Reed Correction
Okay, so I stand corrected. Apparently, I was the only one in America who was unaware that Lou Reed and Madeleine Albright are friends. I stand by my assertion, however, that Laurie Anderson is his longtime companion and not Maddie.

If anyone has proof to the contrary I simply do not want to see it.

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