John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his home on this day (8 December) in 1980.
To mark his death, Lennon’s widower has shared a powerful message calling for stricter gun control in the US – along with a photo of his blood-stained glasses.
“Dear Friends,” she wrote. “Every day, 91 Americans are killed with guns. We are turning this beautiful country into a War Zone.
Together, let’s bring back America, the green land of Peace. The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 36 years, our son Sean and I still miss him.”
Dear Friends, Every day, 91 Americans are killed with guns. We are turning this beautiful country into a War Zone….
Meanwhile, his son Sean along with The Beatles and other figures from the music and arts world have also posted tributes in memory of Lennon:
John Lennon tribute at Leicester Square tube station on 36th anniversary of his death
— PA Entertainment (@PAshowbiz) December 8, 2016
— TheFarm/PeterHooton (@TheFarm_Peter) December 8, 2016
— Pretty Green Glasgow (@PG_Glasgow) December 8, 2016
— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) December 8, 2016
Lennon was just 40-years-old when he died – just three weeks after the release of his final album, ‘Double Fantasy’.
Last month, an expletive and swear-filled letter from Lennon to Paul McCartney was put up for auction. Lennon writes in his letter: “I hope you realise what shit you and the rest of my ‘kind and unselfish’ friends laid on Yoko and me, since we’ve been together”.