Lucy Vodden Dies At 46 'Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds'
Lucy Vodden, the woman who inspired John Lennon to write Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds has died of Lupus at age 46. Lucy Vodden, whose maiden name was Lucy O'Donnell, was a childhood schoolmate of John Lennon's son, Julian Lennon.
The song is often thought to have been inspired by the drug LSD, and appeared on the album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, released in 1967. John Lennon's oldest son Julian has said that the song was inspired by a picture that he drew of Lucy O'Donnell in 1966, when the two of them were attending nursery school together. Julian brought the picture home and told his father it was Lucy in the sky with diamonds.
Lucy O'Donnell, wife of Ross Vodden, died in Surbiton, Surrey.
The St Thomas Lupus Trust, which had been supporting Mr and Mrs Vodden during her illness, said she died last Tuesday aged 46.
Angie Davidson, campaign director of the trust, said: ''Everyone at the Louise Coote Lupus Unit was dreadfully shocked by the death of Lucy. She was a great supporter of ours and a real fighter.