Thom Yorke’s former partner Dr Rachel Owen dies aged 48

The couple split in 2015

Thom Yorke‘s former partner Dr Rachel Owen has died aged 48.

Owen passed away on Sunday (December 18) after a battle with cancer.

According to an obituary posted to the website of Pembroke College – University of Oxford, where she taught as a Retained Lecturer in Italian, Owen had been in declining health for the last year. Despite her illness, she continued teaching up until recently.


Owen received a PhD on the illustrations of the early manuscripts of Dante’s Divine Comedy. She was also a renowned artist and printmaker, who recently staged an exhibit of prints inspired by the Cantos of Divine Comedy.

Owen and Yorke were partners for 23 years and had two children together, a son named Noah and daughter Agnes.

The couple split in August 2015 and the demise of their relationship heavily influenced Radiohead’s recent album, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’.

Earlier this year, the band made their entire discography available to stream on Spotify.

Meanwhile, guitarist Jonny Greenwood recently announced he will be performing his There Will Be Blood score at special screenings of the film around the UK next year.


Greenwood will be accompanied live at the events by the London Contemporary Orchestra, who recently worked on ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’.

The stint includes screenings in London, Birmingham, Brighton and Bristol. See the full schedule below.

London, Southbank (January 30, 2017)
Birmingham, Symphony Hall (February 5)
Brighton, The Dome (February 6)
Bristol, Colston Hall (February 7)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood was released in 2007, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. It was the first time Greenwood worked with the director on a movie score, having since provided the score for The Master and Inherent Vice.

Radiohead have also been announced as the first headliner for Glastonbury 2017, as well as a run of other huge European festival dates for 2017.