It was on this day 40 years ago when John Lennon, an English musician former star of the Beatles, was shot dead in the archway of his residence in New York City.
He was killed by an American Beatles fan named Mark David Chapman. Who claimed that he was angered by Lennon’s lifestyle and public statements.
Chapman admitted that Lennon’s remarks about the Beatles being “more popular than Jesus” and the lyrics of his later songs “God” and “Imagine”, provoked him to shoot John Lennon.
The co-founder of the group from Liverpool, England, could have been 80 today, he had celebrated his 40th birthday on October 9, 1980, and was shot on December 8, 1980.
The musician was returning home to the Dakota Apartments by Central Park with his wife, Yoko Ono. He died on the way to the hospital.
On Tuesday many of Lennon’s fans including his wife Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, Lennon’s songwriting partner, and Ringo Starr, the other surviving Beatle, paid tribute to one of the world’s most revered singer-songwriters on social media with hashtag #JohnLennon
The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience.— Yoko Ono 🌳💚🌏 (@yokoono) December 8, 2020
After 40 years, Sean, Julian and I still miss him.
'Imagine all the people living life in peace.'
Yoko Ono Lennon#enoughisenough #peace #guncontrolnow #gunviolence #nra #guns #gunsafety #firearms #endgunviolence pic.twitter.com/TsHWuCdu2Y
A sad sad day but remembering my friend John with the great joy he brought to the world. I will always be proud and happy to have known and worked with this incredible Scouser! X love Paul#JohnLennon— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) December 8, 2020
📷 by Linda McCartney pic.twitter.com/oNL0ihzhvl
Tuesday, 8 December 1980 we all had to say goodbye to John peace and love John. I’m asking Every music radio station in the world sometime today play Strawberry Fields Forever. Peace and love. 😎✌️🌟❤️🎶🎼💝☮️ pic.twitter.com/dAEgekrvmW— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) December 8, 2020
“When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”#RIP #JohnLennon— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) December 8, 2020
(via @song_philosophy) pic.twitter.com/mzyeorjiud
John Lennon died 40 years ago today. He was shot just before 11 p.m. A few hours later, Jimmy Breslin of the @NYDailyNews filed the finest on-deadline column in newspaper history. Breaks my heart every time I read it.#JohnLennonhttps://t.co/t15nhZeQAr— Robert Benzie (@robertbenzie) December 8, 2020
John Lennon was one of the architects of a futuristic peaceful world, unfortunately before he had a chance to breath its air, there was a shot from a terrorist's gun, killing the dreamer and leaving us to imagine it… but ideas don't die.#JohnLennon pic.twitter.com/yGb08375S4— Yusuf / Cat Stevens (@YusufCatStevens) December 8, 2020
#JohnLennon— Gary Crowley (@CrowleyOnAir) December 8, 2020
Remembering John…such an influence on so many of us.
I can vividly remember being woken up by my sister who heard the news of his passing on Capital Radio.
I couldn’t believe the news.
Going into work that morning, London seemed in a state of shock. We all were … pic.twitter.com/tRm1rEIBJk