By Hannah Wolfe (A&E Correspondent).
On December 8, 1980 during Monday Night Football, the late great Howard Cosell announced to the world that John Lennon had been shot and killed in the doorway of his apartment building, The Dakota, in New York.
Little was known about the tragedy at that very moment as the world was now in a state of utter shock and disbelief. Mark David Chapman, a Beatles super fan, murdered Lennon six hours after Chapman had his copy of Double Fantasy autographed. Chapman shot at the former Beatle five times, hitting him four times in the back.
Holding in his hand a copy of Catcher in The Rye, Chapman thought he was doing society a service by ridding it of Lennon’s “bigger than Jesus” attitude.
After Chapman’s arrest, his legal team placed forward an insanity defense based on testimony that he was in a psychotic delusional state at the time. He was convicted on second-degree murder on August 24, 1981 and was sentenced to 20-years-to-life in prison with psychiatric treatment.
In the years since Lennon’s tragic death, the world has mourned the loss of a true revolutionary. Lennon’s work in music and sociopolitical activism is unparalleled
His widow Yoko Ono has continued to push for her husband’s wish for peace in the world and she has kept the spirit of the Anti-War movement alive.
She organized the world’s largest human peace sign in Central Park in New York on Lennon’s 75th birthday.
Recently, the music community came together to honor one of music’s greatest visionaries for a massive tribute show in New York. From modern rocking rebels like Tom Morello to country’s greatest outlaws Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, everyone came out to celebrate Lennon’s legendary life.
Classic rock legends Steven Tyler, John Fogerty and Peter Frampton also joined in the fun at Madison Square Garden Sunday night. The aptly named Imagine benefit concert will be broadcast on AMC December 19, 2015 at 9:00pm ET/PT.