On 34th Anniversary of Lennon’s Death, Paul McCartney Discusses ‘Shock’ of Hearing the News


Sir Paul McCartney has recalled the “horrific” moment when he learned of the murder of his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon.

Speaking on the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV, he also said he felt “very lucky” that he eventually made up with Lennon after the rifts that split the pair.

Lennon was shot outside his apartment in New York on 8 December 1980.

“I just for days couldn’t think that he was gone….It was just a huge shock,” said Sir Paul.

He said: “I was at home and I got a phone call. It was early in the morning… It was just so horrific, you couldn’t take it in and I couldn’t take it in.”

Sir Paul said it was “very difficult” to relay the news to his own family.

He added: “For me it was just so sad that I wasn’t going to see him again and we weren’t going to hang.”

‘Jerk of jerks’

Lennon’s killer Mark Chapman reportedly said he had heard voices in his head telling him to kill the musician. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in 1981 after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and was denied parole again in August this year.

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