Lupus Research Institute Saddened by Loss of Another Bright Light to Lupus

Inspiration to Beatles’ ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ Passes Away at 46

It seems that every day, another bright light around the world is lost to lupus.

On a September day on the cusp of autumn, it was Lucy Vodden, who is said to have inspired the Beatles’ famous song, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

As a little girl on the other side of the kindergarten painting easel from four-year old Julian Lennon, Lucy was likely beginning life as all young girls do: unaware that her own body might somehow turn on itself and cause a fatal disease.

Later that school day, Julian is said to have shown his painting to his musician father, describing it at a picture of  “Lucy in the sky with diamonds.”

Lyrics to a famous psychedelic classic were born, and a kind of musical immortality bestowed upon a playmate who would in time become a wife and professional who, like millions of young women around the globe, struggled daily with the relentless pain of a disease that steals energy, hope, and all too often—life itself.

“Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes,
And she's gone…”

(Copyright Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles)