Lucy Vodden (née O’Donnell), who was the inspiration for the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” has died, following a long battle with the autoimmune disease lupus. The British housewife — whose passing was announced by the St Thomas’ Lupus Trust charity — was 46.

Vodden first achieved pop culture fame as a tot, when John Lennon’s son Julian drew a picture of her in nursery school in 1966. He took the picture home to his pops, explained it as “That’s Lucy in the sky with diamonds,” and a song legend was born.

The married housewife officially fessed up to being the Lucy from the classic song — which was released as a part of the group’s iconic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album — two years ago, telling BBC radio:

“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.”

4 Responses to “MRRC – LSD”

  1. Lucy is DEAD!…. …And such a youngster, too…… Sad, Sad, Sad…… Sunn, this is NOT the kind of news I wanted to hear just as I’m preparing to head to the Great NW for some down time…… It’s a sad day, indeed….. Next you’ll be telling me “Dear Prudence” and “Lovely Rita” are gone too!…..

  2. Don’t kill the messenger, MR. Just reporting the facts, Jack.
    BTW, how are you slipping off to the great NW with PDB?
    I’m sure you cleared this with him first. Is PDB holding down the home front? Will he have a long to do list for you, when you return?

  3. He doesn’t have a clue (at least I don’t think he does)…… I’m just going to get-up and tell him I’m heading out for morning coffee at Braums…… He might be a little suspicious since I’ll be taking my computer and suitcase, but, I’ll just tell him I’m putting them in the Raider for any quick trips he might come up with….. He’s supposed to be leaving on a mission about the same time, so maybe he won’t notice until after I’m long gone…… MR HQ will be held down by me remotely from the Great NW, and, by Robo pulling security….. PDB ALWAYS has a to-do list for EVERYBODY….. Sometimes it’s hard to find the fridge door because of all the PD Bob’s “Mission Warnings” that are duct taped to it……

  4. Sounds like a good name for a PDB documentary:
    Clueless in Seattle 2 (:

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