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World remembers John Lennon, 30 years after death

Thirty years after his untimely death, gunned down in the street outside his New York apartment, John Lennon remains a legend whose music and drive for world peace has inspired generations of artists.
The former Beatle died on December 8, 1980 after being shot four times in the back by Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota apartment block in Central Park West where he lived with his second wife, Yoko Ono.


Since his murder, the artist’s music and message continue to leave an imprint that Chapman could never erase.


“He’s like a secular saint,” said Phillip Norman, author of “Lennon: The Life,” quoted by Newsday. “His persona is still resonating as it did since right after he died, his death is one of the moments where people remember exactly where they were and what they were doing,” he said. “He’s still very much a part of young people’s lives.”


Tributes were paid to former Beatle John Lennon throughout the world. Fans gathered at a memorial garden in Central Park, New York, opposite the apartment block where he was shot dead. A vigil was also held in Liverpool at a monument dedicated to the singer where fans will light candles and sing his songs. Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, has urged people to remember him with “deep love and respect”. She said: “On this tragic anniversary, please join me in remembering John. “In his short-lived life of 40 years, he has given so much to the world. The world was lucky to have known him. We still learn so much from him today.”


Ono will lead the tributes at a charity concert she has organised in Japan called Dream Power John Lennon Super Live, which raises money for schools for deprived children all over the world. Throughout the week, events also will take place across Liverpool – Lennon’s home city – to remember the singer.
But Lennon’s legacy lives on with his music and drive for world peace inspiring generations of artists. Chapman was sentenced to 20 years in jail and his requests for parole have been turned down six times. Every year on December 8 fans gather at the apartment block where Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono still lives, to pay tribute to the musician.


Lennon was born in Liverpool on October 9 1940 and this year what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday was marked around the world with memorials, music and merchandise. Ono led the tributes from Iceland, where she lit the Imagine Peace Tower and performed with their son Sean.

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