As police suspended the search for Tali Lennox's missing boyfriend after recovering a body in the Hudson river, the former model paid an emotional tribute to Ian Jones on Instagram.
Tali, 22, who is the daughter of singer Annie Lennox and record producer Uri Fruchtmann, described Ian as her "soul mate and partner in crime and creativity" following the couple's kayaking accident on Saturday morning.
Tali Lennox described Ian Jones as her 'soul mate and partner in crime and creativity'
Their boat capsized by Mills Mansion, a historic home in Upstate New York and Tali was picked up unhurt by a passing boat. Police found a body that matched her partner's description two days later. An autopsy will be carried out on Tuesday to determine the cause of death and confirm identification.
In the wake of the tragedy, she wrote: "My heart is shattered. My best friend, my soul mate, my partner in crime & creativity, the LOVE & LIGHT of my life is no longer with me.
"All the love that has been sent to me is giving me the strength to get through this. I know that he is so so happy that I was safely rescued. Let us honor & celebrate this beautiful soul & keep following the light."
Friends and fans joined her in mourning including one Instagram user Jasmine Poulton who wrote: "Ian Jones continue to inspire us all as effortlessly and vivaciously as you did in life".
The couple, who have been dating for several years lived in New York, where Tali, a former model for Burberry and Topshop, was pursuing a career as a portrait painter. In March her mother Annie flew to the Big Apple to attend her first solo show of work.
Ian's last Instagram post featured his girlfriend working on a painting. He had written: "In the Zone #TheEssentials #TaliLennox #Painter."
As well as being model himself, Ian had been enjoying success as a photographer. He and Tali had worked on a series of pictures of young homeless people that they met in squats and on street corners. Some of the photos were published in fashion magazine Grey and the duo were receiving recognition as young artists.
Tali had been enjoying their recent success as part of her quest to step out from behind her mother's shadow.
"I am very proud of my mum," she told HELLO! Fashion magazine. " But it propels me to want to show people who I am. And it definitely accelarates my need not to be a cliché. By that I mean being spoilt and talentless. Just hanging out and not doing anything at all. That's not me at all."