Cynthia Lennon dies from cancer

Cynthia Lennon, first wife of The Beatles’ John Lennon, has died at her home in Spain, her family has announced.

A message on her son Julian’s website said she died “following a short but brave battle with cancer”.

It said: “Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers.”

Julian also tweeted a picture of his mother, who was 75, inside a heart with the message “In Loving Memory”.

Lennon was born Cynthia Lillian Powell in Blackpool on 10 September 1939.

She grew up in Hoylake with her parents and two elder brothers and started at Liverpool College of Art in 1957.

Cynthia met Lennon at art school when he tapped her on the back in class and simply said “Hi, I’m John”.

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