Friends express grief


Around the world, acquaintances and close friends of Václav Havel alike, have continued to express grief for the former statesman and former dissident who led Czechoslovakia to democracy in November 1989. American singer and songwriter Lou Reed – of Velvet Underground fame – a close friend of Mr Havel’s after the Velvet Revolution, issued a short statement on his website remembering him. He called his death a “terrible loss for the world” and a terrible loss “for him personally”. The American performer took part in a special concert, marking the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, back in 2009.