Yoko Ono says still getting over Lennon's death

Fri Oct 8, 2010 12:41pm EDT
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By Birna Bjornsdottir

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Artist and musician Yoko Ono said on Friday she was still getting over the death of her husband John Lennon, who was gunned down in New York nearly 30 years ago.

Speaking ahead of what would have been the ex-Beatle's 70th birthday on Saturday, Ono, 77, was in Iceland for the re-lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower that she created in memory of one of the world's must influential songwriters.

"Well, it was very hard because it was a sudden thing that happened, he wasn't ill for a long time or anything, it's just, we were talking before that you know, and, it was very hard," she told Reuters, recalling the moment Lennon was shot outside his apartment building in New York on December 8, 1980.

"I think I am getting over it in a kind of way, in my own unique way, but it's still lingering," she added.

The Imagine Peace Tower, consisting of searchlights reflected upward high into the sky, is located near Reykjavik in Iceland, and was unveiled in 2007 by Ono to symbolize wisdom, healing and joy.

The event in Reykjavik is one of several being organized around the world to mark the anniversary on October 9. Internet search site Google paid tribute to Lennon with a hand-drawn logo and mini-video based on his hit "Imagine".

"It's very interesting, you know, that songs like 'Gimme Some Truth' mean a lot now, and of course 'Give Peace a Chance'. ... 'Imagine'. All his political songs really have a lot of meaning right now for people," Ono said on Friday.

Before earning acclaim as a solo artist after The Beatles broke up in 1970, Lennon was also part of one of the 20th century's most successful songwriting partnerships alongside Paul McCartney.   Continued...