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Thom Yorke's former partner has died

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Radiohead star Thom Yorke's ex-girlfriend has died.

Dr. Rachel Owen - who taught Italian at the University of Oxford - has passed away from cancer at the age of just 48.

The internationally renowned artist and the 'Paranoid Android' rocker met at the University of Exeter and were together for 23 years before they split in 2015. The pair shared two children together, Noah, 15, and Agnes, 12.

Despite Rachel's battle with cancer, she "asked to continue" her teaching at Pembroke College Oxford, who released a statement paying tribute to the late mother-of-two.

The statement read: "It is with great sadness that the College marks the death of Dr. Rachel Owen.

"Dr. Owen was an internationally renowned artist - mixing photography and printmaking - and at the same time a scholar in medieval Italian literature.

"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. She was 48 years old and leaves behind a son, Noah, and a daughter, Agnes, aged 15 and 12.

"One of her latest artistic productions was a series of prints inspired by the Cantos of Dante's first book of the Divine Comedy. The prints will be exhibited at Pembroke's JCR Art Gallery during Trinity term."

Yorke is yet to publicly comment on the tragic news.

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