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Death of John Lennon


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Eyewitness to the Death of John Lennon: A WABC-TV special


The death of John Lennon


Paul McCartney's FULL reaction to John Lennon's death.


The Killing of John Lennon Trailer

On the evening of 8 December 1980, English musician John Lennon, formerly of the Beatles, was shot dead in the archway of The Dakota, his residence in New York City. He was 40 years old. He was killed by Mark David Chapman, an American Beatles fan who had travelled from Hawaii. Chapman said he was angered by Lennon's lifestyle and public statements, especially his much-publicised remark about the Beatles being "more popular than Jesus" and the lyrics of his later songs "God" and "Imagine". Chapman also said he was inspired by the fictional character Holden Caulfield from J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye.
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