Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Sean & Julian Lennon and Pete Best Honor John Lennon on 40th Anniversary of His Death

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Today, Dec. 8, marks the 40th anniversary of the tragic day John Lennon was killed outside the Dakota building in his beloved New York City. It’s a time for reflection on Lennon’s singular life and career — something Rock Cellar has done to celebrate his legend at this link. The anniversary also prompted heartfelt remembrances from Yoko Ono and Lennon’s ex-Beatles band mates and friends, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.

Yoko Ono reflected on her life with John, speaking for herself, Sean and Julian Lennon:

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

Julian shared a photo of his father:

As did Sean:


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Said McCartney on social media Tuesday morning, including a fantastic photograph from the late Linda McCartney:

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

Sir Paul recently revealed in an interview that Lennon’s death is still a sore subject for him, telling the New York Times as much:

“It’s difficult for me to think about. I rerun the scenario in my head. Very emotional. So much so that I can’t really think about it. It kind of implodes. What can you think about that besides anger, sorrow? Like any bereavement, the only way out is to remember how good it was with John. Because I can’t get over the senseless act. I can’t think about it. I’m sure it’s some form of denial. But denial is the only way that I can deal with it. Having said that, of course I do think about it, and it’s horrible. You do things to help yourself out of it. I did an interview with Sean, his son. That was nice — to talk about how cool John was and fill in little gaps in his knowledge. So it’s little things that I am able to do, but I know that none of them can get over the hill and make it OK. But you know, after he was killed, he was taken to Frank Campbell’s funeral parlor in New York. I’m often passing that. I never pass it without saying: ‘All right, John. Hi, John.’”

Said Ringo Starr of his fallen comrade, Lennon:

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.

Pete Best, the Beatles’ original, pre-Ringo drummer, also shared a message:

A tragic end for a gifted and talented friend. Here’s to the times we shared. Always remembered.

Rest in peace, John Lennon.

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