Thom Yorke’s longtime partner Rachel Owen, dies of cancer at 48

Rachel Owen, artist, Oxford University lecturer and Thom Yorke’s ex wife, died on Sunday (Dec. 18). She was 48 and had suffered from cancer.

Owen was not only Yorke’s ex wife and his partner for 23 years, but also the mother of his two children: Noah, 15 and Agnes, 12.

The couple led an intensely privately life and were rarely seen in public together. They split last year and the singer announced the news in a statement, also making a reference to the end of their story in Radiohead’s most recent album, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’.

Owen taught as a Retained Lecturer in Italian at Pembroke College – University of Oxford. According to an obituary posted to the College’s official website, she had been in declining health for the last year. Despite her illness, she continued teaching up until recently. Here is the tribute to Rachel Owen:

“Dr Owen was an internationally renowned artist – mixing photography and printmaking – and at the same time a scholar in medieval Italian literature. As Retained Lecturer, she used to teach Dante’s Divine Comedy to Pembroke’s finalists in Italian.”

Dr Owen’s parallel passion for art and literature was already established in her university years at Exeter, where she studied Italian and Fine Art. She then moved to Royal Holloway, London, where she completed a PhD on the illustrations of the early manuscripts of Dante’s Divine Comedy.”

“Each year, her Pembroke students enjoyed the pleasure and the privilege of a guided tour through the manuscripts of the Divine Comedy held at the Bodleian Library.”

“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”.

in: News
December 20, 2016
di Fabiana