On December 8th 1980, John Lennon is shot outside his Manhattan apartment by an obsessed fan, Mark David Chapman, wielding a .38 calibre revolver – Lennon died of his wounds en route to hospital.
His death shocked the world and for over a week hundreds of grieving fans kept a vigil outside his home.
Lennon’s work with the Beatles earned him global fame during the 1960s, and to this day the Beatles remain one of the 20th century’s most popular music groups.
For his political activism Lennon gained worldwide recognition. His ‘Give Peace a Chance’ single – interpreted as an anti-war anthem – was sung by over a quarter of a million Vietnam War protestors in Washington DC.
Anti-war billboards were also paid for and erected throughout cities around the globe declaring ‘War is over! If you want it.’
Closer to home John and his wife, Yoko Ono, showed solidarity with Clydeside shipyard workers in 1971, sending bouquets of roses and a cheque for £5,000.
His ashes were laid to rest in Central Park, New York and in 2017 John is still mourned.
For generations to come, his work as a musician and activist will be remembered.