LIFE

Doctor Who Operated On John Lennon Before He Died Opens Up About Tragic Night 37 Years Later

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

When iconic singer John Lennon died on December 8, 1980, people all over the world mourned. He was an advocate for world peace, love, and music that would bring people together. He was more than just a perfomer to many.

In the years since his death, details of his last day have emerged. Of course, we know the key events: he was shot four times in front of the Dakota, his home on New York’s Upper West Side, and was rushed to the hospital in a police car.

His killer, Mark David Chapman, was arrested and charged with the crime.

But now, some key players during that day are speaking out about their experiences, including Dr. David Halleran and former NYPD officer Peter Cullen. Dr. Halleran saw the injured Lennon with his own eyes and operated on him before the singer died. Peter was one of the officers who tracked down the shooter and arrested him.

Both men are describing the day as an almost surreal experience, and certainly one they will remember forever.

After her husband’s death, Yoko Ono chose not to have a funeral for Lennon. He was cremated and his ashes were spread in Central Park, where the famed Strawberry Fields memorial is now located.

Watch the clip below to hear Dr. Halleran and Officer Cullen’s detailed accounts.

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Thumbnail photo: Wikimedia / Nationaal Archief

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