Tuesday marked the of anniversary of the senseless death of the former Beatle John Lennon. Forty years have passed since Mark David Chapman assassinated the singer at the entrance of his New York City home, in front of his wife Yoko Ono on December 8, 1980.
Fellow Beatles, family, and friends paid tribute to the fallen singer on social media.
The Beatles singer tweeted: “I will always be proud and happy to have known and worked with this incredible Scouser!”
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
? by Linda McCartney pic.twitter.com/oNL0ihzhvl
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) December 8, 2020
The Beatles’ drummer had a request: “I’m asking Every music radio station in the world sometime today play Strawberry Fields.”
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
Lennon’s wife is still mourning. “The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 40 years, Sean, Julian and I still miss him,” she wrote.
The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience.
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
— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) December 8, 2020
The singer’s eldest son, who he shared with Cynthia Powell, shared a sweet snap of his father.
As Time Goes By…. pic.twitter.com/2qQvYeN7qM
— Julian Lennon (@JulianLennon) December 8, 2020
Lennon’s only child with Yoko Ono posted a pic of the whole family on a boat.
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The comic actor remembered Lennon’s death as one of the “most defining moments” of his life.
40 years ago tonight I was outside the Dakota, my best friend and I in disbelief at what had happened. I got in trouble for staying out late. Still one of the most defining moments of my life. Sending love to everyone who’s lost someone. @yokoono #JohnLennon #hero #peace #Truth
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) December 8, 2020
The actor posted footage from the Monday Night Football game that first announced Lennon’s death.
Will never forget this. Crazy. #JohnLennon
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) December 8, 2020
The musician lamented that Lennon was “one of the architects of a futuristic peaceful world.”
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
The “You’ve Got a Friend” singer simply posted the word “imagine.”
— Carole King (@Carole_King) December 8, 2020
The Brady Bunch actress wrote “strawberry fields forever.”
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) December 8, 2020