© Reuters. The Dakota Building where John Lennon was shot 40 years ago is pictured in New York City

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© Reuters. The Dakota Building the place John Lennon was shot 40 years in the past is pictured in New York City

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By Richard Chang

NEW YORK (Reuters) – John Lennon’s spouse, son, former Beatles band-mates and followers paid tribute to one of many world’s most revered singer-songwriters on Tuesday, 40 years to the day after his assassination in New York.

The co-founder of the group from Liverpool, England, had simply celebrated his fortieth birthday on Oct. 9, 1980 and would have turned 80 this yr.

Mark David Chapman, a borderline psychotic from Hawaii, shot Lennon 4 instances at shut vary on Dec. 8, 1980 for what he known as “self-glory.” The musician was returning dwelling to the Dakota Apartments by Central Park along with his spouse, Yoko Ono. Lennon died on the best way to hospital.

Paul McCartney, Lennon’s songwriting accomplice, wrote in a tweet on Tuesday that it was “A sad sad day, but remembering my friend John with the great joy he brought to the world.”

Ringo Starr, the opposite surviving Beatle, mentioned: “I’m asking Every music radio station in the world sometime today play Strawberry Fields Forever. Peace and love.”

The Beatles launched Lennon’s composition “Strawberry Fields Forever” in 1966. At a Central Park part named after the hit tune and landscaped by Ono in his honor, followers gathered on Tuesday to put flowers and images.

Ono known as for peace and gun legislation reform.

“The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience,” she mentioned in a tweet. “After 40 years, Sean, Julian and I still miss him. ‘Imagine all the people living life in peace,'” she added, quoting a line from Lennon’s tune “Imagine.”

Ono additionally tweeted the {photograph} she took of Lennon’s blood-splattered eyeglasses, with the message: “Over 1,436,000 people have been killed by guns in the U.S.A. since John Lennon was shot and killed on Dec. 8, 1980.”

Julian, Lennon’s son along with his first spouse Cynthia, posted a photograph of his dad with the phrases “As Time Goes By,” which his half-brother Sean Ono Lennon hearted.

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