Lucy Voden, the inspiration for the classic Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, has died.
The 46-year-old British housewife succumbed to the autoimmune disease lupus, announced the St Thomas’ Lupus Trust charity.
Vodden was a schoolmate of John Lennon’s son Julian, who drew the titular picture of the girl in 1966. When Julian’s famous father asked
him about the artwork, Julian replied, “That’s Lucy in the sky with diamonds.”
The actual drawing:
Vodden told BBC radio her story two years ago, saying, “I remember Julian and I both doing pictures on a double-sided easel, throwing paint at each other, much to the horror of the classroom
attendant… Julian had painted a picture and on that particular day his father turned up with the chauffeur to pick him up from school.”
Julian Lennon recently reached out to Vodden and is “shocked and saddened” by the death of his school chum.
Now Lucy truly is in her own sky of diamonds.