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"Rachel Humphreys was a transgender woman and Lou Reed’s partner, in the mid-1970s, who died on January 30, 1990 at Saint Clare’s Hospital, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan.
Although Saint Clare’s specialized in treating AIDS patients at the time of Humphreys’ passing, her official cause of death is unknown.
Humphreys was buried on Hart Island, Bronx County, New York, where ceremonies have not been conducted at the burial site since the 1950s, and no personal markers are set. Adults are buried in trenches with 3 sections of 48 individuals to make disinterment easier
Reed and Humphreys were together for over 3 years having met in 1974 at Club 82 in the East Village. She was the inspiration for the music and artwork on Reed’s album Coney Island Baby (1976) and also appears in the photos on the cover of his 1977 "best of" album, Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed.
There is scant information available regarding Humphreys’ life other than she was a “hustler” who originally hailed from Philadelphia and was referred to at the time as a “half-Mexican transvestite” even though, from 1975, she lived as a woman and took hormones. It appears that Reed was not entirely sensitive to his partners preference to identify as a woman. In 1976, Andy Warhol wrote in his diary —
“Lou Reed called and that was the drama of the day. He said Rachel had gotten kicked in the balls and was bleeding from the mouth and he wanted the name of a doctor. Lou's doctor had looked at Rachel and said that it was nothing, that it would stop [the bleeding?] but Lou wanted another doctor to check. Lou called back and said he got Keith Richard's doctor to come over. I told him he should take her to the hospital. I was calling Rachel 'she' because she's always in drag but then Lou calls him 'he.'”
Reed got “clean and straight” and went on to marry his second wife “British designer” Sylvia Morales in 1980. The couple divorced 10 years later. In 2008, Reed married musician and performance artist @laurieandersonofficial, who he remained married to until his death on October 27, 2013."