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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both issued brief statements honoring John Lennon on the 40th anniversary of his tragic death.

Both McCartney and Starr shared photos of themselves with Lennon on social media. McCartney’s photo was accompanied by the following statement:”A sad sad day but remembering my friend John with the great joy he brought to the world. I will always be proud and happy to have known and worked with this incredible Scouser! X love Paul”

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Starr’s photo was accompanied by the following statement: “Tuesday, 8 December 1980, we all had to say goodbye to John. Peace and love, John. I’m asking every music radio station in the world sometime today play ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’ Peace and love.”

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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