Popular singer songwriter Bryan Ferry has paid tribute to his former wife Lucy Birley in a touching message following her sudden death on Monday.
The 72-year-old shared the heartbreaking news with his fans via Twitter, extending his condolences to the model’s family.
“I’m much saddened and shocked by this tragic news of Lucy’s death. The family request that our privacy be respected during this difficult time,” the British performer wrote.
"I’m much saddened and shocked by this tragic news of Lucy’s death. The family request that our privacy be respected during this difficult time." Bryan Ferry
— Bryan Ferry (@bryanferry) July 24, 2018
Lucy – who was married to Bryan for 21 years – died while on holiday in Ireland, however, the cause of her death has not been disclosed, The Times reports.
Wed in June of 1982, Lucy was only 22 when she began her marriage to the singer and despite being quite young was credited for helping him through a cocaine addiction.
Just one month before they exchanged vows, Lucy also appeared on Roxy Music’s album Avalon.
However, the relationship did not last and after 21 years together, and four children later, the couple parted ways in 2003.
While Bryan has continued to be in the public eye, Lucy stayed away from the public eye after marrying businessman Robin Birley in 2006.
The model rarely spoke with media, apart from an interview with The Observer in 2011, where she disclosed her past alcohol and drug problem.
Her sad passing comes only weeks after the death of her friend and fellow socialite Annabelle Neilson, who died of a heart attack at age 49.
Lucy was the last living member of the popular London fashion set that included Neilson, Tatler editor Isabella Blow and fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who’s brand designed the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.