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Paul Goresh, author of John Lennon’s photo with his killer, dies at 58

Paul Goresh, author of John Lennon's photo with his killer, dies at 58

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Paul Goresh, author of John Lennon’s photo with his killer, dies at 58

Photographer Paul Goresh passed away on the last day 9 to 58 years of age.


The death was confirmed by Rosanne Taylor, cousin of Goresh. Although she did not elaborate on the cause of death, Taylor said that Goresh had “been sick for some time,” as Quem Magazine points out.

john lennon mark chapman

A big fan of the Beatles, Goresh became famous for taking a picture of John Lennon in 1980 when the musician signed an autograph for Mark David Chapman. Five hours later, Chapman would kill Lennon with four shots.

The photograph, listed below, was one of the last records of the former Beatle.


On the night of December 8, 1980, when Lennon returned to his apartment in New York, in the Dakota building across from Central Park, he was approached by a young man who had asked him for an autograph in an LP Double Fantasy across from the Dakota.

The boy was Mark David Chapman, a fan of The Beatles and John, who ended up firing 5 shots with a .38 caliber revolver, 4 of which hit John Lennon. The police arrived minutes later and took John in his own car to the hospital.

John Lennon and Yoko

The killer remained on the spot with a book in hand, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye Field. John died after losing about 80% of his blood at the age of forty. Shortly after news of John Lennon’s death, who ran the world, a crowd gathered in front of the Dakota with candles and singing songs of John and the Beatles.

John’s body was cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York state city, and his ashes were kept by Yoko Ono.

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