John Lennon last words: What were John Lennon’s last words?

John Lennon was walking home with his wife Yoko Ono when tragedy struck. He was shot multiple times by a crazed fan, who is now in prison for his actions. Lennon’s death left fans of the Beatles and others devastated – but what were his final words?

There have been suggestions as to what his final words were, with some suggesting a simple “yeah,” and others saying he exclaimed he had been shot when the bullets hit him.

Yoko Ono, who was with him when the shot happened, has spoken out rarely on the incident.

Speaking on Desert Island Discs in 2007, Ono said: “I said, ‘Shall we go and have dinner before we go home?’ and John said, ‘No, let’s go home because I want to see Sean before he goes to sleep,’”

Asked if he said anything after he was shot, Ono said, in a whisper: “No.”

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The man jailed for the murder of John Lennon was Mark David Chapman, who is believed to have been a crazed fan hellbent on killing a public figure.

On December 8, 1980, Lennon autographed a copy of the album for Chapman, before leaving where they lived at The Dakota in Manhattan for a recording session at the Record Plant, then in New York City.

After the session, Lennon and Ono returned to their apartment in Manhattan in a limo at just before 11 pm, and walked through the archway of their building.

Sadly, it was then Chapman shot Lennon in the back at close range.

He was rushed to the Roosevelt Hospital in New York City but was pronounced dead on arrival at 11pm.

Lennon is likely to have died in the police cruiser en route to the hospital, though it is uncertain whether he was shot dead instantaneously.

Chapman is understood to have been furious at Lennon for his public statements, such as being “more popular than Jesus,” despite being a Beatles fan.

He is also believed to have contemplated killing other public figures, such as Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Taylor, but he had no prior convictions before the shooting.

After hitting Lennon four times in the back, despite shooting five times, he remained at the scene reading J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, which he is reported to have become obsessed with in the years leading up to the murder.

He was arrested at the scene and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison with mental health treatment.

Chapman has since been refused parole many times, something which Lennon’s widow, Ono, has fought to ensure.

The most recent of these attempts was yesterday, August 27, when he was denied parole for the 11th time, and will remain behind bars for at least another two years.

This means, so far, his sentence will be more than 40 years in prison.

Crowds gathered at Roosevelt Hospital and in front of the Dakota, where Lennon was shot to commemorate his death, though Lennon himself had asked not to have a funeral.

Lennon was cremated at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, on December 12 and his ashes were given to his widow Ono, who requested 10 minutes of silence around the world instead of the funeral.

Ono and her son with Lennon, Sean, were the main beneficiaries of his will.

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