LONDON – Rock icon Lou Reed is recovering after a life-saving liver transplant in the U.S., according to an interview with his wife published Saturday in a British newspaper.

Laurie Anderson told the Times of London that Reed “was dying” before the operation several weeks ago at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic.

She said 71-year-old Reed isn’t back to full strength, but “he’s already working and doing t’ai chi.

“I don’t think he’ll ever totally recover from this, but he’ll certainly be back to doing (things) in a few months,” she said.

“I’m very happy. It’s a new life for him.”

Anderson, a musician and performance artist, praised the Cleveland facility – one of the leading transplant centers in the U.S. – and said hospitals in the couple’s hometown of New York were “dysfunctional.”

Reed, who has spoken of his past alcohol and drug use, co-founded influential 1960s group The Velvet Underground, whose songs included the addiction-themed “Heroin” and “I’m Waiting for the Man.”

Solo works include “Walk on the Wild Side” and “Perfect Day.”

Reed had earlier canceled a series of dates planned for April. His management didn’t provide comment.

Sheen mentors American Indian youths at camp

SHIPROCK, N.M. – Actor Martin Sheen has an upcoming role in New Mexico – that of mentor at a drama camp for American Indian youth.

The Farmington Daily-Times reports the famed star will be in the Navajo Nation community of Shiprock this week, to help out with a local community camp and series of drama workshops. The “Apocalypse Now” and “Wall Street” star will be working with both children and adults.

Plans are for Sheen to work with the camp’s drama clinic, which will produce a 45-minute video starring both Sheen and the children.