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An American writer who served as a confidante to the Beatles has died in the U.K. at the age of 87.

Maureen Cleave worked as a freelance journalist in London’s underground newspaper The Face for two years in the 1960s. She was friends with the band’s bassist, Mike Bloomfield, and was often there in his hotel room.

But Cleave may be best known for her most famous contribution to pop music, as she penned “In My Life,” a work of personal reflection about the relationship between John Lennon and Yoko Ono that was an early hit for the New York Beatles.

In an interview with the BBC, Lennon said the song was not his, but inspired by an exchange Cleave had with him.

“I wrote ‘In My Life’ out of a sense of deep welling jealousy of this guy who got into his car and did this thing, and talked about it, and kind of saw it from my little porthole here,” he said.

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