Woman Who Inspired 'Lucy in the Sky' Is Gravely Sick

Julian Lennon sends flowers to childhood pal

By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 7, 2009 3:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – The girl whose picture inspired "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" is suffering from a disease that makes her immune system attack itself, the Telegraph reports. Lucy Vodden, 46, lives in Surrey, where a worried Julian Lennon has sent her flowers and gift certificates. Lennon sketched a picture of her in the 1960s, and gave it to dad John, who drew inspiration for the famous Beatles tune that bears her name.

The rock group, The Beatles, are shown in 1967 in their Sgt. Pepper outfits. That album's Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds was inspired by a picture drawn by Julian Lennon.   (AP Photo/ho/FILE)
Au auction worker gestures during a Christie's auction in London, Thursday July 10, 2008.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Julian Lennon, the 46-year-old son of the Beatles legend, shown in a June 1993 file photo, says that his former classmate Lucy is seriously ill.   (AP Photo-File)
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