TRIBUTES have been paid to Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, who passed away in Spain at the age of 75.
Cynthia met Lennon while studying at the Liverpool College of Art. They married just before The Beatles became world famous in the early 1960s.
Fans would have been unaware during the band’s early years that John Lennon was married after management had insisted that Cynthia should remain behind the scenes.
The couple had one son, Julian, but the marriage eventually ended in divorce in 1968 after John Lennon’s relationship with Yoko Ono was revealed.
News that Cynthia Lennon had passed away at her home in Spain was contained in a statement issued on behalf of her son. It said she had died “following a short but brave battle with cancer”.
The statement added: “Julian was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for you prayers.”
Tributes were paid to Cynthia by the two surviving former members of The Beatles. Sir Paul McCartney said: “She was a lovely lady who I’d known since our early days together in Liverpool.”
He continued: “Cynthia was a good mother to Julian and will be missed by us all. I will always have great memories of our times together.”
Ringo Starr also paid tribute. He tweeted: “Peace and love to Julian. God bless Cynthia, love Ringo and Barbara. xx”.
Following her divorce, Cynthia Lennon went on to marry three more times.
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