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Yoko: Remember Lennon with love

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono gave a heartfelt plea for the former Beatle to be remembered "with deep love and respect" on the eve of the 30th anniversary of his murder.

As she spoke of her continued love for the star, she said the world was still learning from his messages of peace.

She said: "On this tragic anniversary, please join me in remembering John with deep love and respect.

"In his short-lived life of 40 years, he has given so much to the world.

"The world was lucky to have known him. We still learn so much from him today.

"John, I love you!"

Ono, who was beside Lennon when he was gunned down in New York 30 years ago tomorrow, will lead the tributes as millions of people pay their respects to the Imagine singer.

She will perform at a charity concert she has organised in Japan called Dream Power John Lennon Super Live.

Now in its 10th year, some of the country's top artists will gather to participate in the gig at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, which raises money for schools for deprived children all over the world.

An eclectic mix of 15 acts will perform alongside Yoko, with one artist, Kyoka Suzuki, performing a reading of Lennon's hit Imagine.

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