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Yoko Ono pays tribute to John Lennon's first wife

Yoko Ono said Cynthia Lennon 'was a great person and a wonderful mother'. Credit: Hugo Philpott / PA Archive

Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow, has issued a statement paying tribute to his first wife Cynthia who has died at the age of 75.

I'm very saddened by Cynthia's death. She was a great person and a wonderful mother to Julian.

She had such a strong zest for life and I felt proud how we two women stood firm in the Beatles family.

Please join me in sending love and support to Julian at this very sad time. Love, Yoko

– Yoko Ono

Sir Paul McCartney also paid tribute.

He said: "The news of Cynthia's passing is very sad. She was a lovely lady who I've known since our early days together in Liverpool.

"She was a good mother to Julian and will be missed by us all but I will always have great memories of our times together."

And Ringo Starr tweeted a message of support for her son Julian.

Beatles biographer remembers Cynthia Lennon

Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of Beatles legend John, has died aged 75. Credit: Julian Lennon

Hunter Davies, who penned the only official biography of The Beatles in 1968, has described Cynthia Lennon as "a lovely woman".

He said: "When I was writing the book I spent two years with them, visiting her home and spending time with her.

"She was totally different from John in that she was was quiet and reserved and calm.

"She was not a hippy at all."

He added: "I think it was the attraction of opposites between them. When they got together at art school everyone was amazed - she was seen as refined and reserved and nobody thought they would last.

"John treated her appallingly. He slept with Yoko in their marital home and, as we discovered later, he also physically attacked her but she was loyal to him."


Julian Lennon posts moving video tribute to his mother

Julian Lennon has posted a moving video tribute to his mother Cynthia after she died today from cancer.

The video features still images of the Lennon family.

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He also tweeted a picture of his mother inside a heart with the message "In Loving Memory".

Cynthia Lennon died after 'short battle with cancer'

John Lennon's first wife Cynthia has died at the age of 75. Credit: PA / PA Archive

John Lennon's first wife Cynthia has died at the age of 75.

A message on her son Julian's website said she died "following a short but brave battle with cancer".

It said: "Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers.

"Please respect their privacy at this difficult time."

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