Singer John Lennon's first wife Cynthia dies aged 75
Yoko Ono has paid tribute to John Lennon's first wife Cynthia, who died aged 75 at her home in Spain with son Julian by her bedside.
Cynthia's marriage to the Beatle ended in 1968 after she discovered her husband's affair with the Japanese artist. Julian's website said his mother died "following a short but brave battle with cancer".
Born Cynthia Powell, she met Lennon at art school in Liverpool in 1957 and the couple married just before Beatlemania struck.
Last night, Ono said: "She had such a strong zest for life and I felt proud how we two women stood firm in the Beatles family.
"Please join me in sending love and support to Julian at this very sad time. Love, yoko".