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On this day in 1980, Beatles member and music icon John Lennon was assassinated outside of his Central Park Avenue apartment. Lennon was shot four times and rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Since that December day, fans of Lennon have continued to preach his message of peace. There's no doubt that his impact on the world will be everlasting, and those who were close to Lennon are taking time to remember him today.

Paul McCartney

John and Paul's relationship had its ups and downs, but the Beatles bassist understands the power of Lennon's legacy. In an Instagram post, McCartney writes "A sad sad day but remembering my friend John with the great joy he brought to the world. I will always be proud and happy to have known and worked with this incredible Scouser! X love Paul."

Ringo Starr

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is taking time today to remember his friend. In honor of Lennon, Ringo has a special request to music fans around the world, saying "Tuesday, 8 December 1980 we all had to say goodbye to John peace and love John. I'm asking Every music radio station in the world sometime today play Strawberry Fields Forever. Peace and love."

Julian Lennon

John Lennon's son, Julian, was only 17 years old when his father passed away. Now a musician, Julian continues to think about his father, saying it a post "As Time Goes By..."

Sean Ono Lennon

Sean Ono Lennon, the son of Yoko and John, took to Instagram to share a photo of him and his family.


John Lennon was a brilliant lyricist, both in song and the spoken word. Throughout his life, he shared words of wisdom that resonate today. Here are just some of his most iconic quotes:

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."

"Peace is not something you wish for; It's something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away."

"It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love."

"Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears."

"What we've got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it we'll sink."

"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life.

Rest in peace, John.

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