John Lennon was excited to return to UK, hours before murder!
The murder of John Lennon will forever go down as a huge loss not just to music, but to the world as well. His messages of peace and love have echoed for decades, even after his death. However, his death also brought an end to many of his hopes and aspirations. One of them was the excitement for returning to the United Kingdom, that too merely hours before his death!
Right before John Lennon’s murder, he was very excited to return to the UK!
John Lennon was shot to death right outside his home on December 8th, 1980 in Manhattan, New York City. In the month following Lennon’s assassination, his aunt Mimi Smith wrote a letter in response to a reporter Judith Simons of the Daily Express. Simons had sent her condolences to Mimi on Lennon’s death. And in her response, Mimi actually revealed that she had spoken to John on the phone the night he died. In that phone call, Lennon had told his aunt that he was planning and very excited to return to the UK. This was hours before he was murdered. Mimi wrote in her letter to Judith:
Dear Judith, Thank you for your letter, kind thoughts.
I’m trying to accept this terrible thing which has happened, but finding it very hard. He had such faith himself, I’m trying to do the same. He phoned the night before, witty, funny, bubbling over with excitement, coming over very soon. Couldn’t wait to see me. So I’m glad of that.
If I’m in London, I’ll get in touch with you. Kind thoughts to you too. Mimi.
According to Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, this letter is definitive proof that John Lennon was looking forward to returning to the United Kingdom right before he died. Lennon had moved to the United States in 1971 and hadn’t returned to his home country in over a decade. Lewisohn said that this letter:
provides solid confirmation that, but for his murder, Lennon would have returned to Britain during 1981 for the first time in 10 years.
He also returned his MBE to the Queen
All four of the Beatles were awarded an MBE on October 26, 1965, because of their music. But, Lennon kept his at Mimi’s house in London and later returned it to the Queen in 1969, accompanied with a handwritten letter. He wrote:
Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts. With love. John Lennon of Bag.
After leaving for America, John Lennon did not meet his beloved Aunt Mimi for a long time. And sadly, they were never going to meet again.