Julian Lennon has stunned fans offering him condolences on the anniversary of his father John Lennon's death - by telling them he no longer mourns the late Beatle.

I glimpse back over my shoulder, only to thank those that have gone before

Singer John Lennon was gunned down by crazed fan Marc Chapman in New York on 08 December, 1980 - a date when fans the world over annually gather to grieve.

But 45-year-old Julian, John's son by his first wife Cynthia, insists he no longer laments his dad's death - and instead gives thanks.

He writes on his official webpage: "Something very sad happened many years ago on this date but I don't live and breathe this date the way many of you do.

"I appreciate your intentions and prayers but I refuse to be saddened this day or by any other memorial day.

"I glimpse back over my shoulder, only to thank those that have gone before".


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