John Lennon’s life in charts, 1979 to present

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lennon died after being shot in New York City

It has been 41 years since John Lennon was shot in New York.

He died on 8 December 1980 after being hit by a bullet through his abdomen.

The former Beatle was just 40 years old when he was gunned down outside his Manhattan apartment.

After the tragedy, his record label issued a single called You Might Need A Miracle, which Lennon wrote shortly before his death.

It was part of an album released on the same day and contained the song John Lennon: Years Ago (when were you last seen) – a piano ballad sung by his long-term wife, Yoko Ono.

The US dollar was also 39 years old when Lennon was killed. The US dollar’s current value is $1.365.

Another song from the album, Imagine, reached number two in the UK charts.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Yoko Ono and Lennon at the 1989 premiere of Imagine

It was recorded soon after Lennon’s death, and was released as a single shortly after.

The album went to number one in the UK chart on 10 December 1981, and Lennon became an immediate rock superstar.

A soft soul, he also launched a career as a painter, collecting works of art in a sale in Sotheby’s in 1995.

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