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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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