Cynthia Lennon

  • Born: September 10, 1939
  • Died: April 1, 2015
  • Location: Majorca, Spain


First wife of John Lennon dies of cancer

By GREGORY KATZ, The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died of cancer Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75.

Her death was announced on the website and Twitter account of her son, Julian Lennon and confirmed by his representative.

Julian Lennon posted a moving video tribute to his late mother with a song he had written in her honor.

"You gave your life for me, you gave your life for love," it begins, showing footage of him as a young boy with his parents. It also shows footage of Cynthia with John during the early days of Beatlemania.

"The love you left behind will carry on," Julian, 51, sings in a style influenced by his late father.

It concludes with the words: "I know you're safe above."

A statement from Julian's representative said Cynthia died at her home in Mallorca "following a short but brave battle with cancer." It said Julian was at his mother's bedside throughout.

Cynthia and John Lennon met at art school in Liverpool in 1957 and married shortly before the Beatles shot to worldwide fame. Julian was their only child together.

The couple divorced in 1968 after John Lennon started his much publicized relationship with Japanese artist Yoko Ono. They had spent 10 years together as a couple.

Cynthia remarried several times.

The divorce prompted Paul McCartney to pen the Beatles' classic "Hey Jude" to help Julian cope with his parents' separation. He changed the name Julian to Jude in the song.

The line "Take a sad song and make it better," is about the Lennons' broken marriage and its impact on their son.

"The news of Cynthia's passing is very sad," McCartney wrote on his blog Wednesday.

"She was a lovely lady who I've known since our early days together in Liverpool," he added. "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."

"Peace and love to Julian Lennon God bless Cynthia love Ringo and Barbaraxx," Ringo Starr tweeted.

Ono wrote on Facebook that she was saddened by Lennon's death.

"She was a great person and a wonderful mother to Julian," she wrote.

Author Hunter Davies, who wrote the only authorized Beatles biography in 1968, described Cynthia as a "lovely woman" who was ill-treated by her famous husband.

He said she wasn't at all like her husband, but was "quiet and reserved and calm" and "not a hippy at all."

He said their friends at art school never thought the relationship would last because they were so different.

In her autobiography, Cynthia described John as jealous and insecure. She said he hit her once after she danced with Stu Sutcliffe, then a member of the band.

But in a 2005 interview with "Good Morning America" she recalled his charisma as well.

"You couldn't resist being around him," she said. "You couldn't resist watching what he was up to. I mean, he was a total rebel. Everybody was amazed by him."

Condolence & Memory Journal

A wonderful lady, and sadly missed.

Posted by Peter Stockton - London - Friend   April 01, 2021

A most wonderful lady - totally philosophical, and, never had a bad word to say about anybody - she used to say to me - "What will be, will be ". There was not an ounce of malice in her soul. Marvellous, humorous company to be with.

Posted by peter stockton - London - Friend   March 31, 2018

A beautiful, philosophical lady - sadly missed. Died far too young.

Posted by Peter Stockton - London - Friend   April 01, 2017

A beautiful person - she was always a pleasure to be with. She had her ups and downs in life, but, never complained - She was inspirational, with a great sense of humour. Sadly missed.

Posted by peter stockton - London - Friend   April 01, 2016

Sorry and sad to hear the news of your mother, Julian.

Posted by Sandy Harber - chino hills, CA - Well wisher   May 26, 2015


Dear Julian..As you know, your mom was a sweet angel on earth. Now she is a sweet angel in heaven. I had the honour of meeting her and she is just as wonderful in person as she appears to the public. Big hugs!!

Posted by Kirsty Wells - Plymouth, MI - Friend of the Heart   April 09, 2015

A wonderful, philosophical lady - a sad loss to humanity.

Posted by peter stockton - London. UK - friend   April 09, 2015


So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mum Julian you are in our thoughts and prayers

Posted by mary halloran - columbus, OH - fan   April 08, 2015


May you rest in peace. Sorry for your loss Julian, your parents are together again!

Posted by Ted & Linda Gentry - Newbern, TN - Friend   April 06, 2015


My comfort for you Cynthia is knowing you are with John again. Julian thank goodness has Paul and family to comfort him.

Posted by Lari Asher - Provo, UT - friend   April 06, 2015


God Bless You, Cynthia. RIP.

Posted by Charlotte Dixon - Lafayette, IN   April 06, 2015

Dearest Julian, I amso sorry to hear about your mum passing away. She was a great lady.I was a big Beatlefan of your father.My prayers are you Katie

Posted by Catherine Zaccaginini - Berwyn, IL - fan   April 06, 2015


You started life with such excitement ,I could just imagine being with such a colorful person as John Lennon . Having a life with him, a child and dealing with the whole Beatle mania. I seen the Beatles when I was young, it was amazing. You endured a lot I'm sure. But you had a wonderful son by your side Julian. I hope you had a great life! You lived in a beautiful place in Spain. Julian what a wonderful tribute to your MUM.

Posted by carol Lane - Indianapolis, IN   April 04, 2015

So sorry to hear of mom's death. Please keep all the memories,
Linda Stiles, Minnesota

Posted by linda stiles - MN   April 04, 2015

My condolences to Julian. Be gentle with yourself. I like your song/tribute to her. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Carolyn Mccreary - Ann Arbor, MI - Fan   April 02, 2015

I read Cynthia's book. I respected her very much. I send best wishes to Julian.

Posted by Angela DeSantis - Simi Valley - A fan   April 02, 2015

Cynthia and Played several pubs in brittain and bars in America, I will miss her dearly.

Posted by Rick Garcia - arvada, CO - Long time friend   April 02, 2015

Rest in Peace!!! Julian so sorry for your loss!!!

Posted by Sandi - Newton, KS - Well wisher!   April 01, 2015

Rest in peace Cynthia you will never be forgot ton

Posted by Kathy Specker - Wesley Chapel, FL - A fan   April 01, 2015

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Posted by Kathleen Yuma - strongsville ohio, OH   April 01, 2015

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