Yoko Ono: David Bowie Was a 'Father Figure' to My Son

David Bowie, Yoko Ono and John Lennon
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David Bowie, Yoko Ono and John Lennon at the 17th annual Grammy Awards in 1975

The artist shared some insight into Bowie's relationship with John Lennon & his importance to their family.

Yoko Ono, wife of the late John Lennon, remembered David Bowie as being something of a father figure to the couple's son, Sean, after the former Beatle was gunned down in December 1980.

Bowie died Sunday at the age of 69 after batting cancer for more than a year. Ono shared some insight into Bowie's relationship with Lennon and his importance to their family.

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"John and David respected each other," Ono wrote in a statement posted to her website. "They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family."

Lennon was shot and killed outside his New York apartment. Following that tragic incident, Bowie became even closer to the family, Ono wrote. 

"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 remembered. "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 also posted a message on social media expressing his heartbreak over losing Bowie.


Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything.

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This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.