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Lennon's first wife Cynthia dead

Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died of cancer yesterday at her home in Spain. She was 75.

  • Published 3.04.15
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John Lennon with his first wife Cynthia on April 23, 1964

London, April 2 (AP): Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died of cancer yesterday at her home in Spain. She was 75.

Her death was announced on the website and Twitter account of her son, Julian Lennon and confirmed by his representative. Julian Lennon posted a moving video tribute to his late mother with a song he had written in her honour.

"You gave your life for me, you gave your life for love," it begins, showing footage of him as a young boy with his parents. It also shows footage of Cynthia with John during the early days of Beatlemania.

"The love you left behind will carry on," Julian, 51, sings in a style influenced by his late father. It concludes with the words: "I know you're safe above."

A statement from Julian's representative said Cynthia died at her home in Mallorca "following a short but brave battle with cancer". It said Julian was at his mother's bedside throughout. Cynthia and John Lennon met at an art school in Liverpool in 1957 and married shortly before the Beatles shot to fame.