Tell me it’s not true! (1940)

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Monday, 9 October 2017

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Singer-songwriter and co-founder of The Beatles John Lennon was shot by Mark Chapman, the man he gave an autograph earlier that day. When a doctor told Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono that her husband was dead, she fell to the floor shouting Oh no, no, no, no! Tell me it’s not true! while hitting the floor with her head. She calmed down when a nurse gave her John’s wedding ring. Today would have been John Lennon’s birthday.

Fatal decision
Lennon gained worldwide fame as a member of The Beatles and as an activist. Only 40 years of age he was shot by Mark Chapman on December 8, 1980 in front of the Dakota, his apartment in New York City. Lennon returned from recording a song with his wife. They planned a night out, but Lennon decided to go home first to say goodnight to their son Sean. Lennon and Ono usually exited the car on 72 street, instead of driving into the more secure courtyard of the Dakota, because they loved meeting their fans. This time it turned out to be a fatal decision.

Patiently waiting
Chapman patiently waited in the archway of the Dakota, shot Lennon and again waited patiently for the police to count him in. That same evening Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital.

360 trivial fact
Hospital staff noted that at the moment Lennon was pronounced dead, ‘All my loving’, a Beatles song, came over the hospital’s sound system.


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