Sunday, 8 December 2013

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of John Lennon's death. Mark David Chapman gunned down Lennon outside the gates of the Dakota building New York. This is what John's son Julian Lennon has just posted.....

Just to let you all know...
Mum & I are fine this weekend...
Tomorrow is NOT a date one wants to be reminded of year after year, so please, we appreciate Your Love, but no need for messages... We have moved on.... And We prefer to remember better days... Thank You x

This is how the BBC News reported the murder:

1980: John Lennon shot dead

Former Beatle John Lennon has been shot dead by an unknown gunman who opened fire outside the musician's New York apartment.
The 40-year-old was shot several times as he entered the Dakota, his luxury apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side, opposite Central Park, at 2300 local time.

He was rushed in a police car to St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, where he died.

His wife, Yoko Ono, who is understood to have witnessed the attack, was with him.

Shots heard

A police spokesman said a suspect was in custody, but he had no other details of the shooting.

"This was no robbery," the spokesman said, adding that Mr Lennon was probably shot by a "deranged" person.

Witness reports say at least three shots were fired and others have claimed they heard six.

There are also reports Mr Lennon staggered up six steps into the vestibule after he was shot, before collapsing.

Jack Douglas, Lennon's producer, said he and the Lennons had been at a studio called the Record Plant in mid-town earlier in the evening and Lennon left at 2230.

Mr Lennon said he planned to have some dinner and then return home, Mr Douglas said.

Fans at scene

The Lennons are said to have left their limousine on the street and walked up the driveway when the gunman opened fire.

It is unclear whether the man had been lying in wait in the entrance to the building for Mr Lennon, or whether he came up behind him.

Witnesses describe the gunman as a "pudgy kind of man", 35 to 40 years old with brown hair.

Other former band members, Paul McCartney, guitarist George Harrison and drummer Ringo Starr are thought to have been informed of Lennon's murder.

Fans have already begun arriving at the scene, many still unaware Lennon has died.

Mr Lennon is survived by his wife, their son Sean, and his son from a previous marriage, Julian.

I first met Cynthia Lennon when she flew into Spain as a guest on my TV show 'Boland Live' around the late 90's. Since then we have remained friends albeit by telephone. I wish her and Julian strength and love


  1. We have a new name for TJ it's CP. Copy and Paste!

  2. Clever. I was looking through TJ no sorry CP's blog last night he spends all day reading stuff in this newspapers, this time it's the Mandela story, he then sets about copying and pasting them onto his blog, whats the point? We've read it already? He'll be furious now he's going to be referred to in the future as CP his 15 minutes of fame have come to an end. What an idiot he is.