CULTURE RE-VIEW: John Lennon fatally shot outdoors his residence in New York Metropolis

8 December 1980: John Lennon dies.

On the night of 8 December 1980, former Beatle John Lennon was shot and fatally wounded within the archway of the Dakota, his residence in New York Metropolis.

The killer was 25-year-old Mark David Chapman, an American Beatles fan who stated he was impressed by the fictional character Holden Caulfield from J.D. Salinger’s novel “The Catcher within the Rye.”

Novice photographer Paul Goresh (above – left), who describes himself as a life-long fan of Lennon, took the final photograph of the rock star when he was alive.

The final skilled photograph of Lennon was taken by Annie Leibovitz, who took a portrait of Yoko Ono and John Lennon hours earlier than he was fatally shot. Leibovitz was photographing for Rolling Stone Journal when she shot the long-lasting picture of Lennon curled up towards Ono.

Rolling Stone revealed the polaroid on the quilt of its January 1981 challenge.

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