John Winston Ono Lennon[a] MBE (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter, and peace activist who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He and fellow member Paul McCartney formed a much-celebrated songwriting partnership. Along with George Harrison and Ringo Starr, the group would ascend to worldwide fame during the 1960s.
On the evening of December 8, 1980, Lennon was shot in the back four times (the fifth shot missed) in the entrance hallway of the Dakota by Mark David Chapman.
Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman earlier that same night. Lennon's body was cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.