Remembering John Lennon's final words before he was murdered

Remembering John Lennon's final words before he was murdered

You won't believe what John Lennon and Paul McCartney's last conversation was about...

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It's been 42 years since the world lost John Lennon. 

The superstar was shot five times by 25-year-old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York City. 

At the time of his death, he was only 40 years old. 

John was married to Yoko Ono at the time of his death. The two had been married from 1969 after John divorced Cynthia Lennon, whom he was married to from 1962 until 1968.

Speaking about her husband's last moments before he got killed, Yoko said the musician just wanted to be with his son, Sean, who shared a birthday with his father. 

“I said ‘shall we go and have dinner before we go home?’ and John said ‘No, let’s go home because I want to see Sean before he goes to sleep’,” Ono told ‘Desert Island Discs’.

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Fellow Beatles star, Paul McCartney, has also shared what his last conversation with John was. 

In an interview on 'The Howard Stern Show', the singer said their last conversation happened over a phone call. 

"I ring John - and I was making bread and got quite good at it - so when I heard John was doing it [baking], it was great," says Paul. 

He went on to talk about how the two of them could comfortably talk about anything.  

"We could just talk about something so ordinary. There’s no threat or anything. It was just two guys talking about: 'Well, I don’t know. Do you leave it [the bread] overnight or what do you do?' And someone says: ‘Yeah, I leave it overnight in a hot cupboard' and you’d just be chatting."

Paul added that he was grateful to have a good relationship with John. Although the two of them were friends from a young age, there was a time their relationship was badly affected by feuds and disagreements about the direction of The Beatles. Fortunately, they reconciled before John was killed. 

"It was really nice and I was so glad that we got back to that relationship that we’d always had when we were kids.We’d lived in each other’s pockets for so long that it was great to get back to that," said Paul. 

READ: Celebrating the life of the late The Beatles star John Lennon

Watch the interview below:

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