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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.

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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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John Lennon's childhood home sells for £480,000

John Lennon's childhood home has sold for almost half a million pounds - despite going on the market for just £150,000.

The property in Wavertree, Liverpool, sold for went for £480,000 at auction in the Cavern Club. Credit: Handout.

The property at 9 Newcastle Road in Wavertree, Liverpool, where the Beatles singer/songwriter lived from his birth in 1940, went for £480,000 at auction in the Cavern Club.

An anonymous American fan of the Fab Four placed the winning bid over the phone, exceeding by far the guide price set at between £150,000 and £250,000.

John Lennon tie fetches more than £3,000 at auction

A tie which belonged to John Lennon fetched more than £3,000 when it went under the hammer at the Beatles 22nd Annual Memorabilia auction.

The black knitted tie was discovered by Joyce McWilliams, 66, who found it, with some rare signed postcards, when she was clearing out her house.

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Joyce McWilliams, 66, with the black knitted tie which was given to her by John Lennon. Credit: Paul Keaveny/PA Wire

Mrs McWilliams, who was handed the tie by Lennon himself at Liverpool's Cavern Club, got £3,627 for the item which was one of hundreds of lots which went up for auction on Saturday.

John Lennon jacket goes under the hammer

Beatles star John Lennon. Credit: PA Archive

A rare jacket once owned by Beatles star John Lennon is to go under the hammer.

Dating from the late 1960s, the teal blue jacket, worn by the musician, is expected to sell for between £8,000 and £12,000 when it goes up for auction this afternoon.

Lennon left the jacket at his English home when he moved to America in 1971 and passed it on to friend Jo Jo Johns, who cleared out the star's house.

Ms Johns was personal assistant to the Beatles and worked at the group's offices at 3 Savile Row in central London from 1968 to 1975.

In the early 1970s she gave the jacket to her friend, Anthony Goddard, in Leicestershire.

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