Sir Paul McCartney leads John Lennon tributes on 40th anniversary of death

Sir Paul McCartney leads John Lennon tributes on 40th anniversary of death

The Beatles stars Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr have paid tribute to their late bandmate John Lennon on the 40th anniversary of his death. 

Lennon was shot and killed outside his New York apartment complex on December 8 1980 by obsessed fan Mark David Chapman. 

Remembering his friend, Sir Paul shared a black and white photo of them together taken by his wife Linda McCartney. 

The legendary musician wrote in the caption: ‘A sad sad day but remembering my friend John with the great joy he brought to the world. I will always be proud and happy to have known and worked with this incredible Scouser!’ 

Sir Ringo urged radio stations around the world to play Lennon’s 1967 song Strawberry Fields Forever, which was written about a children’s home close to where he grew up in Liverpool.

‘Tuesday, 8 December 1980 we all had to say goodbye to John peace and love John. I’m asking Every music radio station in the world sometime today play Strawberry Fields Forever. Peace and love,’ the singer said alongside a photo of them sitting on the front of a car smiling. 

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