Cynthia Lennon, First Wife of John Lennon, Dies at 75

John and Cynthia Lennon in 1967. (Photo: Manchester Daily Express via Getty Images)
John and Cynthia Lennon in 1967. (Photo: Manchester Daily Express via Getty Images)

 

Cynthia Lennon, the late John Lennon’s first wife, whose existence was once largely hidden from early Beatles fans, has died. She was 75 and suffered from cancer.

Julian Lennon, her musician son with John Lennon, announced the news on Twitter and a memorial webpage.

His message said she died at her home in Mallorca, Spain, following a short battle with cancer. Julian, 51, was with her at her bedside at the time.

“The family are thankful for your prayers. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time,” the message on the website read.

Julian also posted a musical tribute to his mother, who was married to John Lennon from 1962 to 1968.

The lyrics on the memorial webpage begin, “You gave your life for me, you gave your life for love.”

Cynthia Powell, born in 1939, met John Lennon in the 1950s when both attended the Liverpool College of Art. She was prim and proper, he was angry and occasionally violent. They had lots of unprotected sex, and she became pregnant.

They wed in 1962 in Liverpool, where Julian was born in 1963.

Although then unknown outside Liverpool, the Beatles had a fanatical following in their home town and their manager Brian Epstein wanted the marriage and baby kept secret.

It didn’t last. Soon after, full-on Beatlemania swept the UK and Europe and the secret came out.

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SOURCE: Maria Puente
USA TODAY

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