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Fans remember John Lennon 35 years after shooting

Many have remembered Lennon for his music, lyrics and passion for love and peace in the world.

FILE: The late John Lennon. Picture: Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Music fans and the world at large today relived the sadness and shock that broke many hearts 35 years ago when The Beatles' John Lennon was gunned down outside his home in New York.

The then songwriter and activist rose to fame as a member of the long-haired British rock group in the 1960s and would have been 75-years-old this October.

His killer, Mark David Chapman, was later sentenced to 20 years in jail for his murder.

CNN reported Chapman hearing voices when he saw Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, in front of the luxury house.

"When the car pulled up and Yoko got out, something in the back of my mind was going 'Do it, do it, do it'. I stepped off the curb, walked, turned, I took the gun and just boom, boom, boom, boom, boom."

Lennon was rushed to hospital and pronounced dead shortly after arrival, with doctors saying he suffered several severe wounds to his upper body.

Among some of the hits Lennon was involved in are Imagine, _Woman _and Hey Jude.

WATCH: John Lennon - Imagine

The late _Beatles _member is today famous for quotes such as "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans," and "'I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car, and into another."

Today Ono took to Twitter and announced that over one million people have been killed by guns in the US since Lennon's killing.

Over 1,100,000 people killed by guns in the USA since @JohnLennon was shot and killed on Dec 8 1980

#StopGunViolence pic.twitter.com/BUbGXqHbGN

Thirty-five years later many have remembered Lennon for his music, lyrics and passion for love and peace in the world.

Today, we remember one of the greatest musical revolutionaries in the history of mankind. Imagine peace. #JohnLennon pic.twitter.com/aTnXg2VXQb

I think we need a little more of this now more than ever.

( #JohnLennon was killed 35 years ago today). pic.twitter.com/MMdGbah0iw

It's almost impossible for one person to change the world, but he did. #JohnLennon pic.twitter.com/JDcBhGB7dm

You chose love over fear & you gave life meaning to people. That overcomes anyone with a pathetic gun #JohnLennon pic.twitter.com/hB7VHRHMt3

#RIP #JohnLennon died! 35years ago today!

Read the Original AP story via @billboard: https://t.co/Me9B2vAt7k pic.twitter.com/HXNeK3vgt7

#JohnLennon

Imagine pic.twitter.com/FuoQebUG1W

#JohnLennon 35yrs gone pic.twitter.com/gG52KqeAvm