John Lennon fans crowd NYC’s Strawberry Fields to memorialize his death
Their fandom is forever.
On Tuesday, the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, mourners gathered at the famous Strawberry Fields in Central Park to honor the late Beatles star.
A makeshift memorial was fashioned for the legendary singer-songwriter, who was murdered by Mark David Chapman on Dec. 8, 1980.
Fans placed framed photos of Lennon at the “Imagine” landmark, as well as candles, wreaths and cards.
“I made a card last night for John — I had to do something about peace,” a tearful Nancy Donato, of Bayside, Queens, told The Post at the scene.
While some watched from afar, others huddled together and observed a moment of silence.
The 1967 song “Strawberry Fields Forever” is one of The Beatles’ greatest hits. It was written by Lennon about his childhood in Liverpool, England.
In 1980, Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono lived in New York City at the Dakota, an apartment building located at Central Park West and 72nd Street.
After his death, a 2.5 acre plot in Central Park was dedicated to Lennon. Located on Central Park West between 71st and 74th Streets, Strawberry Fields is a “quiet zone.”
It officially opened on Oct. 9, 1985, on what would have been Lennon’s 45th birthday, according to Central Park’s website.
“Annually, on this date, as well as on the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, visitors and fans from all over the globe flock to Strawberry Fields to pay homage to this Beatles’ legacy,” the description reads.