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Lou Reed Rushed To Hospital For Dehydration, Reportedly Released

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Lou Reed in recent years. (Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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Lou Reed is in recovery after being treated for dehydration at a Long Island hospital over the weekend. It was the latest in a string of recent health scares, including a liver transplant back in May.

The Velvet Underground rocker was taken by ambulance to Southampton Hospital early Sunday morning (June 30) for treatment, reports the New York Post. Meanwhile, Rolling Stone reports that Reed returned home Monday (July 1) afternoon.

While Reed was admitted, a source at the hospital confirmed his admittance and told the Post, “everything’s fine.”

The incident came only ten days after appearing on stage at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France, his first outing since the liver transplant.

Following the surgery last month, he wrote to fans via Facebook to assure them he was “stronger than ever.”

“I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry,” he wrote.

His wife, artist Laurie Anderson, shed light on the gravity of the situation, telling the Times of London after the surgery that Reed’s health may never return in its full capacity.

“It’s as serious as it gets. He was dying. You don’t get it for fun,” she said in the interview. “I don’t think he’ll ever totally recover from this, but he’ll certainly be back to doing [things] in a few months.”

Reed was forced to cancel tour dates earlier this year due to his health, including a performance at Coachella in April.

He has not yet commented on this week’s hospital visit, but he did comment recently on Kanye West’s new album in a positive review for The Talkhouse. “No one’s near doing what he’s doing, it’s not even on the same planet,” Reed wrote of Yeezus.

- Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com

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