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Cynthia Lennon, ex-wife of John Lennon, dies at 75

WATCH ABOVE: File footage of Cynthia Lennon show her with the Beatles from the 1960s. Lennon died of cancer at the age of 75.

TORONTO — Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of Beatles star John Lennon, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. She was 75.

A rep for Cynthia Lennon said her son, singer Julian Lennon, was at her side when she passed away at home in Mallorca, Spain.

“The family are thankful for your prayers,” read the statement posted on a memorial site. “Please respect their privacy at this difficult time.”

Born Cynthia Powell in England, she developed an early passion for art that led her to study at the Liverpool College of Art, where she met John Lennon. They were married in August 1962.

Their marriage produced son Julian, now 51, but ended in 1968.

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Cynthia later had short marriages to Italian hotelier Roberto Bassanini and engineer John Twist. Her fourth marriage, to nightclub owner Noel Charles, ended with his death in 2013.

Cynthia frequently exhibited her art and, in 1995, recorded a cover of “Those Were The Days.”

John Lennon was shot to death in 1980 outside his New York City apartment building. He was 40.

BELOW: Watch a tribute video to Cynthia Lennon by her son Julian Lennon.

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