Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney were among those who expressed public condolences on Wednesday after Cynthia Lennon, who was married to the Beatles’ John Lennon from 1962 to 1968, died at her home in Spain after a short battle with cancer. She was 75.
Cynthia and John Lennon divorced after he began a relationship with Ono. She was the mother of John’s son, Julian. Ono and John Lennon also had a son together.
“I’m very saddened by Cynthia’s death,” Ono said in a statement. “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.”
Ono also made public a 2010 photo of her and Cynthia with their sons. The caption read: “When we were very happy together.”
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McCartney called Cynthia Lennon 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.”
Fellow Beatle Ringo Starr tweeted his condolences.
Julian Lennon was with her mother at the time of her death. He posted a loving video tribute, set to a song he wrote for her, on his website, JulianLennon.com.