Beatles muse - Lucy Vodden dead

September 29th, 2009 - 8:50 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

lucy1 London, Sep 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Lucy Vodden, who provided the root inspiration behind the Beatles’ classic song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” has died after a long battle with lupus. She was only 46.

Her exact day of death is unclear, as the hospital officials said they could not confirm the day of her death. However, the press release said that she died on last Tuesday.

Her death was announced Monday by St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, where she had been treated for the serious disease for more than five years, and by her husband, Ross Vodden.

Vodden’s apparent connection with the Beatles dates back to her early years, when she made friends with Julian Lennon, John Lennon’s son in her school.

Julian Lennon, then 4 years old, came home from school with a drawing one day, showed it to his father, and said it was “Lucy in the sky with diamonds.”

At the time, John Lennon was gathering resources for his contributions to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” a landmark album released to worldwide acclaim in 1967.

John Lennon took that image and developed it further into what is widely regarded as a psychedelic masterpiece, replete with haunting images of “newspaper taxis” and a “girl with kaleidoscope eyes.”

Rock music critics thought the song’s title was a veiled reference to LSD, but John Lennon always claimed the phrase came from his son, not from a desire to spell out the initials LSD in code.

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