Remembering John Lennon

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Emily McFarland, Staff Writer

Thirty-five years ago, on the night of December 8th, 1980, John Lennon (age 40) was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital after being shot four times by Mark Chapman. Although he died a tragically sudden death, the life of John Lennon has been celebrated across the globe for many generations.    

As a reminder to those of us who weren’t alive during The Beatles’ reign and the death of Lennon, here’s an overview of the legacy of John Lennon. John Lennon rose to fame as a co-founder of The Beatles. He was raised in Liverpool, England, and as a teenager, he joined the band Quarrymen, which eventually evolved into The Beatles. He married visual and musical artist Yoko Ono in 1969, and after living out the rock-star dream from 1960-1970, Lennon went solo.

The murder of John Lennon was a long, drawn out plan. Mark David Chapman began plotting Lennon’s murder three months prior. He was previously a huge John Lennon fan, but after Lennon made a comment that The Beatles had become, “more popular than Jesus”, Chapman (a Christian) felt betrayed by his favorite artist and became enraged. On December 8, 1980, Chapman waited outside of Lennon’s apartment at The Dakota, and once he returned to his home late that evening, Chapman fired five shots towards Lennon, hitting him four times. He remained at the scene until the police arrived, and as he stood he held a copy of the novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Chapman was imprisoned in 1981.

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Lennon fans gathered together in Central Park in celebration of his life and to remember his death that occurred exactly 35 years ago. CNN released a CNN Special Report: Killing John Lennon as an informational recap of his life and death.

Although Lennon has been gone for 35 years, it is evident that his legacy will be forever remembered around the globe.