John Lennon's first wife Cynthia dies at 75
Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, has died at her home in Spain. She was 75.
Her death was announced on the website and Twitter account of her son, Julian Lennon, and was confirmed by his representative yesterday.
Julian Lennon posted a moving video tribute to his late mother with a song he had written in her honor.
"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.
"The love you left behind will carry on," Julian sings in a style influenced by his late father.
It concludes with the words: "I know you're safe above."
Paul McCartney said the news of Cynthia's passing was "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," he said.
A statement from Juilian's representative said Cynthia (above) died at her home in Mallorca "following a short but brave battle with cancer".
Cynthia and John Lennon met at art school in Liverpool and married shortly before the Beatles shot to fame. Julian was their only child together. The couple divorced in 1968 after John Lennon started his much publicised relationship with Japanese artist Yoko Ono. Cynthia remarried several times.