Yoko Ono: ‘David Bowie was like family to John Lennon and I’

Lennon and Bowie worked together in 1975 for 'Fame'

Yoko Ono has paid tribute to the late David Bowie, stating that she was “as close as family” to the singer.

Bowie, who died over the weekend aged 69, worked with Ono’s late husband John Lennon in 1975 for ‘Fame’. Scroll below to listen to that song.

Writing in a statement on her official website, Ono said: “John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.”

Ono continued to state that Bowie became something of a “father figure” to her son, Sean, following Lennon’s death.


“When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva,” Ono recalled. “For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.”

Sean Lennon, meanwhile, paid tribute to Bowie via Instagram, writing in a caption: “Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything.”

Bowie passed away on Sunday (January 10) following what his official statement describes as “a courageous 18 month battle with cancer”.

Reports have since suggested that he “died from liver cancer” after “surviving six heart attacks”.

See more tributes to David Bowie here.