John Lennon Assassinated 40 Years Ago Today

by HB Auld, Jr.

John Lennon, singer, songwriter, and activist, was shot and killed 40 years ago today on December 8, 1980. He was 40 years old.

Lennon was assassinated in the archway of the Dakota apartments, his residence in New York City, by Mark David Chapman. Chapman had flown to NYC from his home in Hawaii where he planned the killing for months before carrying it out. He waited for Lennon outside the Dakota the morning of December 8, but did not meet him until the evening there. He had JohnLennon autograph his copy of Lennon’s “Double Fantasy” album before Lennon left with his wife, Yoko Ono, for a recording session. When John Lennon and Yoko returned to the Dakota several hours later, Chapman was still waiting and followed John into the archway where he fired five .38 caliber hollow-point bullets into Lennon’s back. Lennon was rushed to a nearby hospital in a police car, but was pronounced dead on arrival there.

John Lennon would be 80 years old if he had lived.

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