Annie Lennox’s daughter pays tribute as boyfriend confirmed dead following kayaking accident

The body of Ian Jones, 32, was found in New York on Monday (August 10)

Annie Lennox‘s daughter has paid tribute to her late boyfriend after he drowned following a kayaking accident over the weekend.

Lennox’s daughter Tali Lennox-Fruchtmann, 22, was rescued following the incident on the Hudson River in New York over the weekend, with a search launched for her boyfriend, Ian Jones, 32.

A man’s body was found in the water near to the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club on Monday (August 10), with an autopsy confirming the body to Jones’ on Tuesday (August 11).


“The autopsy has revealed no injuries or trauma to Mr Jones’ body, and the findings are consistent with drowning,” a police statement reads.

“There were no signs of criminal conduct or foul play found, and toxicology tests were performed however the results of those tests won’t be known for several weeks. The search for Mr Jones has now officially ended, and at this time his death is considered to be an accidental drowning with no criminal charges expected.”

Tali Lennox has since posted images of herself and Jones to Instagram, writing: “My heart is shattered. My best friend, my soul mate, my partner in crime & creativity, the LOVE & LIGHT of my life is no longer with me. All the love that has been sent to me is giving me the strength to get through this. I know that he is so so happy that I was safely rescued. I have eternal gratitude for experiencing a love from Ian that was so unbelievably deep & true. We truly LIVED. Let us honor & celebrate this exceptionally beautiful soul & keep following the light.”

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A previous statement claimed that the couple “were able to stay together for about 15 or 20 minutes but then they got separated by the current.”

“They were holding onto the kayak and kicking and swimming all at the same time. They had only been separated for a few minutes before [Ms Lennox] was rescued.”


“[Lennox] was in the water and she was located and picked up by a passing vessel. She was interviewed and gave us an account of what happened. She stated they were kayaking a two-person tandem kayak and then it capsized.”

“She gave us the location where she last saw [Jones] and there’s where we started to concentrate our search.”

The search for Jones was said to be hampered by “difficult river conditions”.

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