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December 8, 2010
Fans remember John Lennon 30 years after his death
NEW YORK (AP) -- John Lennon's fans celebrated his life Wednesday by visiting Strawberry Fields, the Central Park garden dedicated in his honor, while a newly released interview he gave shortly before his death showed he was optimistic about his future. On the 30th anniversary of Lennon's murder outside his Manhattan apartment building, admirers played his music nearby at Strawberry Fields and placed flowers on a mosaic named for his song "Imagine." The steady stream of visitors represented the range of people who love Lennon, from those who watched his career unfold as it happened to those who know only his music.In Liverpool, where Lennon was from, hundreds were expected to gather for a vigil Wednesday around the Peace and Harmony sculpture, recently unveiled by Lennon's former wife, Cynthia, and their son Julian in Chavasse Park. (19 images)

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In remembrance of John Lennon, crowds gather and leave keepsakes and flowers at the "Imagine" mosaic at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, in New York on Dec. 8, 2010. Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary of the murder of Lennon by Mark David Chapman. New York Times / Richard Perry


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In remembrance of John Lennon, crowds gather and leave keepsakes and flowers at the "Imagine" mosaic at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, in New York on Dec. 8, 2010. Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary of the murder of Lennon by Mark David Chapman. (Richard Perry/The New York Times) New York Times / Richard Perry



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John Lennon's fans gather at New York City's Strawberry Fields in Central Park December 8, 2010 in New York. Fans in several cities held vigils to mark the 30th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, as part of a global day of celebrations of the music icon's life. AFP/ Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary



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John Lennon's fans gather at New York City's Strawberry Fields in Central Park December 8, 2010 on the 30th anniversary of Lennon's murder outside his Manhattan apartment building. AFP/Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary



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John Lennon's fans gather at New York City's Strawberry Fields in Central Park December 8, 2010 in New York. AFP/Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary



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Fans of former Beatle John Lennon gather at New York City's Strawberry Fields in Central Park December 8, 2010. Lennon was killed by gunman Mark Chapman outside a luxury apartment block in New York on December 8, 1980. AFP/ Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary



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John Lennon's fans gather at New York City's Strawberry Fields in Central Park December 8, 2010 in New York. Fans in several cities held vigils to mark the 30th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, as part of a global day of celebrations of the music icon's life. AFP/ Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary



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John Lennon's fans gather at New York City's Strawberry Fields in Central Park December 8, 2010 in New York. Fans in several cities held vigils to mark the 30th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, as part of a global day of celebrations of the music icon's life. AFP/ Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary



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John Lennon's fans gather at New York City's Strawberry Fields in Central Park December 8, 2010 in New York. Fans in several cities held vigils to mark the 30th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, as part of a global day of celebrations of the music icon's life. AFP/ Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary



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Hundreds of fans gather at Strawberry Fields in Central Park to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of John Lennon on December 8, 2010 in New York City. Strawberry Fields is next to the Dakota apartments where Lennon and Yoko Ono lived at the time of his death. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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Cards, candles and pictures placed there by hundreds of fans adorn a memorial at Strawberry Fields in Central Park on the 30th anniversary of the death of John Lennon on December 8, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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A woman photographs the entrance to the Dakota apartment building in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, on the 30th anniversary of the shooting of John Lennon. AP / Richard Drew



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A young woman stands in front of John Lennon's wall memorial to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the musician's death on December 8, 2010 in Prague. AFP/ Getty Images / Michal Cizek



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John Lennon fans mark the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death with a candlelit vigil at the city's European Peace Monument, dedicated to John, in Liverpool, England, Wednesday Dec. 8, 2010. AP / Tim Hales



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John Lennon fans mark the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death with a candlelit vigil at the city's European Peace Monument, dedicated to John, in Liverpool, England, Wednesday Dec. 8, 2010. AP / Tim Hales



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People take part in a candle lit vigil in Liverpool, north-west England on December 8, 2010 to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of former Beatles singer John Lennon. AFP/ Getty Images / Paul Ellis



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People take part in a candle lit vigil in Liverpool, north-west England on December 8, 2010 to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of former Beatles singer John Lennon. Fans gathered in Liverpool to mark the 30th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, as part of a global day of celebrations of the music icon's life. AFP/ Getty Images / Paul Ellis



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People take part in a candle lit vigil in Liverpool, north-west England on December 8, 2010 to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of former Beatles singer John Lennon. AFP/ Getty Images / Paul Ellis



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Flowers left by John Lennon fans on his statue in the park named after him in Havana, on December 8, 2010. Cuban fans held vigils to mark the 30th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, as part of a global day of celebrations of the music icon's life. AFP/ Getty Images / Stringer



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