The 35th Anniversary of John Lennon's Death

Shamarie By Shamarie, 9th Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Thirty-five years ago, John Lennon was gunned down in front of the Dakota in New York City.

John Lennon Gunned Down

“Yes, we have to say it. Remember this is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous perhaps, of all of the Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival. Hard to go back to the game after that news flash, which, in duty bound, we have to take. Frank?” – Howard Cosell

Thirty-five years ago, yesterday, on December 8, 1980, pop culture icon and former Beatle John Lennon was gunned down at the hands of Mark David Chapman in front of his Dakota apartment building in New York City. John Lennon was rushed in a police car to Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving. He was 40 years old. The announcement of John Lennon’s death was one of the most shocking and tragic moments ever. The world seemed to stop moving and many felt music had died on that cool night. Stunned, grief-stricken fans gathered outside the Dakota on 72nd Street and Central West to pay homage to John Lennon, a man who helped define rock and roll, a leader of the peace movement, and an icon of the Baby Boom generation.

Mark David Chapman was immediately apprehended and arrested on the scene of the crime.

"I am sorry for causing that type of pain," Mark David Chapman told the parole board then. "I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."

Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison and was last denied parole in August of 2014.

New York rock station WNEW-FM 102.7 immediately suspended all programming and opened its lines to calls from listeners. Stations throughout the country switched to special programming devoted to John Lennon and Beatles music.

The following day, on December 9, 1980, Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s wife, issued a statement: "There is no funeral for John. John loved and prayed for the human race. Please do the same for him. Love, Yoko and Sean."

35 Years Later...

35 years later, John Lennon is still not forgotten. Fans and tourists continue to gather at the Dakota and across the street at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, where John Lennon’s legacy lives with the famed mosaic memorial and pay homage to the late great activist and symbol of freedom on his birthday and the anniversary of his death. It is not a secret that John Lennon loved living in New York City.

“He liked being in New York for the same reason everybody else does,” John Lennon’s personal photographer Bob Gruen explained. “You have a lot of freedom in New York, and you have some of the best restaurants, theater, art, museums, life … New York just attracts a tremendous amount of talent.”

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I am a passionate writer from Harlem, New York. My expertise is creative writing and poetry. I enjoy expressing myself freely on paper and sharing my ideas with the world.

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author avatar Shamarie
9th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks for the moderation, Mark!!!

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author avatar Kristy_Ambrose
9th Dec 2015 (#)

Beautiful article and moving tribute, thanks Shamarie :)

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
9th Dec 2015 (#)

Shamarie, thanks for sharing a wonderful tribute to a man that gave so much to the world.

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author avatar Shamarie
9th Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you, Kristy and Nancy for the wonderful comments. God bless!!!

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author avatar brendamarie
10th Dec 2015 (#)

Great article Shamarie. John Lennon will always be remembered through his music.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Dec 2015 (#)

He wanted peace, he spoke of a better world. Somebody did not like that.

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author avatar M G Singh
10th Dec 2015 (#)

Good post to remember a great man of music.

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author avatar Ken5-89
10th Dec 2015 (#)

It is funny that he predicted his own death. In a television special the reporter said he wanted to be popped of by someone.

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Dec 2015 (#)

A man of peace. Isn't it ironic that these are often the first to die. A well written post my friend. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Dec 2015 (#)

Thoughtful tribute , thanks Shamarie.

I agree with Kingwell, Lennon loved human race and sang for peace and coexistence but was killed for no reason! siva

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author avatar ginaguo
26th Dec 2015 (#)

I just experienced the sudden death. It's really too painful! The sudden death can ruin one's whole soul! You just feel life is too fragile! We live in a world full of uncertainty.

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author avatar Mariah
29th Jan 2016 (#)

John Lennon,the ambassador of love and peace.. his legendary song 'Imagine' is the testimony of his heart,
an inspirational person and musician.
Thank you for sharing this great tribute in his memory Shamarie.

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