Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr have been paying tribute to Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, who died on Wednesday.
Cynthia died at the age of 75 at her home in Mallorca, Spain. Her passing was confirmed by Julian Lennon, the son of John, who announced that she had died as a result of a short battle with cancer. Julian, 51, also confirmed that he was at her bedside when she passed, while a representative told ABC News, “The family are thankful for your prayers.”
Yoko Ono took to both Twitter and her blog to comment on the news of Cynthia’s death. She also uploaded an image of herself with Cynthia, Julian, and her own son, Sean Lennon, to commemorate her passing.
— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) April 1, 2015
The 82-year-old also wrote, “I’m very saddened by Cynthia’s death. She was a great person and a wonderful mother to Julian. She had such a strong zest for life and I felt proud how we two women stood firm in the Beatles family. Please join me in sending love and support Julian at this very sad time.”
Yoko Ono was joined in her comments by Paul McCartney. The rocker, who played bass and sang in The Beatles alongside Cynthia’s former husband, John Lennon, also wrote a tribute on his own website.
McCartney’s brief but poignant note remarked, “The news of Cynthia’s passing is very sad. She was a lovely lady who I’ve known since our early days together in Liverpool. She was a good mother to Julian and will be missed by us all, but I will always have great memories of our times together.”
Ringo Starr, the drummer in The Beatles, also took to Twitter to send out a message to Julian and commemorating Cynthia that was from him and his wife, Barbara.
Peace and love to Julian Lennon God bless Cynthia love Ringo and Barbaraxx
— Ringo Starr (@ringostarrmusic) April 1, 2015
Cynthia married John Lennon in August 1962. She then gave birth to Julian in April 1963. However, they divorced in November 1968 while John Lennon and Yoko Ono were then married the following year.
Cynthia would remarry three more times, to Roberto Bassanini, John Twist, and Noel Charles, respectively. Cynthia Lennon was widowed in 2013 after her fourth husband, Noel Charles, died.
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