Monday, 8 December 2014

JOHN LENNON REMEMBERED BY ECHO ON 34th ANNIVERSARY


Nowhere was John Lennon's callous shooting death at the hands of Mark Chapman – a crazed, 25-year-old fan – felt more deeply or mourned more profoundly than here in Liverpool, Lennon's home town.

It was the violent end met by such a peace-loving man on a New York street on December 8, 1980 that left the world in utter disbelief.
The tragic event and subsequent community grief, disbelief, outrage and tributes are etched in history in the archive of the Liverpool ECHO. Check the Gallery here: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/nostalgia/beatles-john-lennon-liverpool-son-8234129
 


"John Lennon shot dead" was the Liverpool ECHO headline Merseysiders woke up to on the morning on December 9, 1980. Lennon had been shot four times not long before 11pm on December 8 and was pronounced dead a short time later.
In the chaos that ensued following the shooting, it was initially reported that five bullets had hit Lennon but it was later confirmed that four bullets had entered the Beatles' body, ultimately killing him.
Either way, the world had lost a legend.
Fellow Beatle, Paul McCartney, was approached to comment on Lennon's death at his cottage in Sussex and the ECHO reported he was 'visibly upset'.

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