Cynthia Lennon, the British first wife of slain Beatle John Lennon, has died aged 75, the couple’s son Julian says.
A message on Julian Lennon’s website said Cynthia “passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain following a short but brave battle with cancer.”
"Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers," it added.
Julian Lennon wrote and sang a song of tribute to his mother that was posted on the site with a montage of family snapshots and footage.
Watch it here:
"You gave your life for me, you gave your life for love," the song begins. It ends with the words "I know you're safe above."
Cynthia met John Lennon at an art class in the British city of Liverpool when she was 18 and the couple married in 1962."You couldn't resist being around him," she said in a 2005 interview with US television.
"You couldn't resist watching what he was up to. I mean, he was a total rebel."
In her 2006 memoir of the relationship, titled John, Cynthia said the pair had had an intense but turbulent relationship.