Today marks the 35th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. The Beatles’ co-founder was fatally shot by Mark David Chapman outside his luxury apartment in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, which he shared with his wife Yoko Ono. Lennon was just 40 years old at the time of his death, and, earlier in the day, had signed a copy of his album Double Fantasy for Chapman.
Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is currently serving 20 years to life in prison. He has been denied parole 8 times, and remains inside. At his last parole hearing, in August 2014, Chapman apologised for his actions, saying “I am sorry for causing that type of pain. I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory.”
Beatles’ fans are expected to line the Cavern Walks in Liverpool to pay their respects. The Cavern Walks are home to the Cavern Club where the band performed during the early years under the name of The Quarrymen. A new bronze statue of the band, created by sculptor Andy Edwards, was unveiled on Liverpool Docks on December 4. It marks 50 years since their last gig in Merseyside, at the Empire Theatre in December 1965.
The official Twitter account for John Lennon’s estate is inviting fans to share their memories of the late singer. #John Lennon is currently trending on Twitter.