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30 years since Lennon murder

Wednesday 8th December is the 30th anniversary of the death of one of music’s most iconic figures, John Lennon.

The ex-Beatle, regarded as the finest and most influential songwriter of his generation, was shot by Mark David Chapman outside his home at the Dakota building in New York after John and Yoko had left a recording session.

The former mop-top was back on song at the time of his death, having returned from self-imposed musical exile to release his first album in 5 years, 'Double Fantasy'.

Mark David Chapman, 25-years-old at the time, had planned to murder Lennon in October 1980, but changed his mind. In early December he travelled to New York to carry out the killing.

On the morning of 8 December Chapman went to Lennon's home and waited to catch a glimpse of him with other fans. At 5pm, Chapman was waiting with a copy of Double Fantasy as Lennon and Yoko Ono left the building. Lennon signed the album for the person who would hours later kill him.

At 10:49pm, the Lennons returned to the Dakota Building. As they passed the entrance, Chapman pulled out his gun and shot Lennon five times. John Lennon was pronounced dead at 11:07pm.

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