It was 40 years ago today that John Lennon was tragically taken away from this world way too early on in his life. The Beatles star had his highs and lows with songwriting partner Sir Paul McCartney, but ultimately the two loved each other like brothers. And now the 78-year-old has paid tribute to the late John.

Posting a picture of the two of them together on Instagram, Sir Paul left a touching message.

The 78-year-old wrote: “A sad, sad day but remembering my friend John with the great joy he brought to the world.

“I will always be proud and happy to have known and worked with this incredible Scouser! X love Paul.”

In a new interview, Sir Paul said how he takes great comfort in how he’d made up with John before he died.

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Speaking with The Sunday Times, Sir Paul said: “We had certainly got our friendship back, which was a great blessing for me.

“And I now will often think, if I’m writing a song, ‘OK, John — I’ll toss it over to you.

“What line comes next?’ So I’ve got a virtual John that I can use.”

During his last interview on the day he was killed, John said how Paul was like a brother to him.

But the interviewer has recounted what Lennon said to him about McCartney and it’s really quite touching.

Lennon said of McCartney, just hours before his death: “He’s like a brother. I love him. Families, we certainly have our ups and downs and quarrels.

“But at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, I would do anything for him. I think he would do anything for me.”

Womack commented: “I imagine Paul finds great solace in that.”

The Beatles drummer Sir Ringo Starr has also paid tribute to John Lennon today.

The 80-year-old posted a picture of himself and John leaning on the front of a car, both beaming.

He wrote: “Tuesday, 8 December 1980 we all had to say goodbye to John peace and love John.

“I’m asking every music radio station in the world sometime today play Strawberry Fields Forever. Peace and love.”


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