PUBLISHED: 15:42, Tue, Dec 3, 2019 | UPDATED: 16:15, Tue, Dec 3, 2019
John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark Chapman outside the home he shared with Yoko Ono in Manhattan, New York, on December 8, 1980. As the 39th anniversary of his death approaches, an unearthed interview with Ono sees her opening up about losing her husband in such a sudden and devastating way.
Back in 2012, Ono spoke out about her approach to life, telling The Telegraph: “I want to tell you this story.
“When I was in elementary school in Japan they had a textbook with a picture of a Japanese warrior who asked to be given seven sufferings and eight disasters, because he wanted to take over everybody’s suffering and disasters,” she recalled.
“It’s a courageous thing to do, and I was only a little girl and I thought that sounds good and I wanted to be like him. Do good for the world in the sense of taking everyone’s pain away.
“I asked for the seven sufferings and my life became terribly difficult. All sorts of misery,” Lennon’s wife explained.
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John Lennon death: The Beatles star's wife Yoko Ono opened up on his death (Image: GETTY)
John Lennon death: The Beatles star's artist wife Yoko Ono called his death 'the worst of everything' (Image: GETTY)
“And when it got to around 1979 I thought, ‘What did I do wrong?’ So I said I’m going to change it. Give me seven lots of luck and eight treasures.
“My disaster became my treasure. I reversed it,” she added.
When asked if she did this in 1980 when her husband, The Beatles legend Lennon, died, she addressed the impact of his death, calling it “the worst of everything.”