The Beatles star and founder, John Lennon would have celebrated his 82nd birthday this week. The Imagine singer had sent back a touching message just before his tragic death which has now been revealed.
John Lennon’s friend reveals the last message
Lennon was shot in the back four times outside his home on October 8, 1980, at approximately 10:50pm. His murderer, Mark David Chapman, then stood and waited for the police to arrive after Lennon’s doorman wrestled the gun from his hand. The following day, on Tuesday, October 9th, the news had already spread across the world.
Wright returned to his office to find a handwritten letter from Lennon in response to the telegram he originally sent to the Beatles. He said he “still had” the memo before recalling what it said, verbatim. Lennon wrote to Wright:
“Here, I’m living with Yoko [Ono] at The Dakota apartments. I’d love to do it, phone me,” alongside a private phone number for the photographer to follow up with.
Lennon’s death had sent shockwaves around the world. Following the news of his death was announced, Lennon’s widow Yoko submitted a statement telling of a vigil for the late star.
The statement read:
“There is no funeral for John. Later in the week, we will set the time for a silent vigil to pray for his soul. We invite you to participate from wherever you are at the time … John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him. Love. Yoko and Sean.”