John Lennon, a former member of The Beatles gunned down. At around 10:50 pm on 8 December 1980, as John Lennon and Yoko Ono returned to their New York apartment in The Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building. Lennon was taken to the emergency room of the nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:07 pm. Earlier that evening, Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman.
The death of John Lennon in December, 1980 at the hands of a madman was shocking and terribly sad. Lennon had just released the album "Double Fantasy" and never really got to enjoy its success and this event put an end to any hope of the Beatles reuniting again.