John Lennon, singing-songwriting sensation and iconic co-founder of the Beatles, is undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians of all time.

Alongside Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, Lennon successfully built the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music and inspired countless future musicians.

After calling time on the Beatles, Lennon began to record as a solo artist and later recorded numerous tracks with his wife Yoko Ono. What followed a string of hugely successful solo tracks was Lennon’s decision to seemingly disengaging himself from the music industry in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean.

After a little time away, the Beatle re-emerged in 1980 alongside his wife Ono with their 1980 album Double Fantasy and, with it, he was thrust back into the spotlight.

It was that same year that Lennon was shot and killed in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building three weeks after the album was released. Ono issued a statement the next day, saying: “there is no funeral for John. John loved and prayed for the human race. Please do the same for him.”

Lennon, who ahses were scattered in New York’s Central Park where the Strawberry Fields memorial was later created, had the US city etched in his heart and, it was the location that Lennon spent his final few years.

Here, we take a look back at some of Lennon’s final photographs:

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