John Lennon Remembered On The 40th Anniversary Of His Death

John Lennon was remembered on the 40th anniversary of his death via an Instagram post shared by Abbey Road Studios. The studio is where Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John recorded some of the most iconic music of a generation as the musical group The Beatles. The quartet recorded almost all of their albums between 1962 and 1970 at Abbey Road.

In a post seen below, the studio noted how the world lost a prolific singer, songwriter, and musician upon John's passing. The shared photo showed the former Beatle as he played guitar. His hair was fashioned into the longer style he favored in the latter part of the 1960s and early '70s. He had a full beard and mustache and wore what would be an infamous look of granny-style eyeglasses atop his face. John wore a white shirt with lace insets in the snap as he looked away from the camera and played an electric guitar.

Fans of the legendary musician recalled that fateful night in the commentary shared alongside the post. Others posted their disbelief that it had already been 40 years since his tragic death.

"I can't believe it has been this long already," wrote one fan.

"We will always miss you, John Lennon," remarked a second follower.

"Let the legacy live on forever," claimed a third Instagram user.

"Robbed of another 40 years of class music. You will always be my hero," penned a fourth fan.

December 1980: Fans of John Lennon holding a vigil after he was shot dead by a fan on December 8th at his home in New York.
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In the late hours on December 8, 1980, the musician and his wife Yoko Ono were returning home from a recording session at the Record Plant in New York City after putting the final touches on Yoko's song called "Walking on Thin Ice" when tragedy occurred. The couple was in front of their home at the Dakota Apartments where they were met by Mark David Chapman, a fan whom John had signed a copy of his newest album, Double Fantasy, just hours earlier, reported History. Chapman shot John in the back five times as the singer walked into the entranceway of the building, reported Radio.com.

Chapman was arrested at the scene. Police rushed John to the hospital in the back of a police car, where he was later pronounced dead. Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in jail for shooting the Beatles singer and has since been denied parole 11 times. His last hearing was in September when he apologized to Yoko Ono. He also said that he assassinated the famous musician because he was seeking self-glory, according to BBC News.