John Lennon’s Death, 40 Years Later

A fan holds a picture of John Lennon during a candlelight vigil at Strawberry Fields in New York City in 2005. (Peter Foley/Reuters)
Just before dying, the ex-Beatle had turned a new leaf.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t was 40 years ago today that news broke — during a football game, for many Americans — that John Lennon, ex-Beatle, half of the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history, had been shot outside of his New York City apartment building, and had died shortly thereafter. At the time, only the doctors who tried to do the impossible by saving his life would have known that “All My Loving,” a Beatles song, played on the radio of the hospital to which he was taken just as he was pronounced dead.

As a lifelong Beatles fan, and a compassionate human

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