Mimi revealed the final words she shared with her nephew, saying: “He phoned the night before, witty, funny, bubbling over with excitement, coming over very soon. Couldn’t wait to see me. So I’m glad of that.”

The letter concluded: “If I’m in London, I’ll get in touch with you. Kind thoughts to you too. Mimi.”

Beatles historian and expert, Mark Lewisohn, has declared this letter “provides solid confirmation that, but for his murder, Lennon would have returned to Britain during 1981 for the first time in 10 years”.

Lennon called his aunt Mimi once a week when he was living in New York.


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