Dr. Rachel Owen, Thom Yorke's Former Long-Term Partner, Dies Aged 48

20 December 2016, 10:26 | Updated: 20 December 2016, 11:07

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The scholar and artist sadly passed away on Sunday 18 December, after losing her battle with cancer.

Dr. Rachel Owen, the former partner of Thom Yorke, died on Sunday (18 December) following a battle with cancer.

The 48-year-old scholar and artist was the Radiohead frontman's partner for 23 years and is the mother of his two children, Noah (15) and Agnes (12).

A statement on the Pembroke College Oxford website - where she was an expert in medieval Italian literature - read: "It is with great sadness that the College marks the death of Dr Rachel Owen, who was a Retained Lecturer in Italian here at Pembroke."

It added: "Despite her declining health from cancer in the last year, she asked to continue to teach, which she did right until the end of last Michaelmas term. She was 48 years old and leaves behind a son, Noah, and a daughter, Agnes, aged 15 and 12."

Yorke and Owen led an extremely private life and split in 2015, which is said to heavily influence the band's A Moon Shaped Pool Album. 

The pair met studying art at Exeter University, where she studied Italian and Fine Art.

One of her final artistic productions was a series of prints inspired by the Cantos of Dante’s first book of the Divine Comedy

The prints are set to be exhibited at Pembroke’s JCR Art Gallery during Trinity term.