The Beatles’ bassist Paul McCartney shared a post on his official Instagram page remembering his late bandmate, John Lennon, on his 40th death anniversary and penned an emotional message for his beloved friend.

As you know, on December 8, 1980, while worldwide famous musician John Lennon was walking through the Dakota’s big, arched entryway with his wife, Yoko Ono, his fan named Mark David Chapman shot Lennon dead.

The iconic musician and activist, John Lennon, was loved by everyone due to his transcendent influence. Lennon’s enormous role in shaping rock music is an undeniable fact according to many, particularly considering the fact that he used his music as a tool to raise awareness for the things he believed in.

Tragically, the amount of love and respect Lennon received brought his ending since his murderer Mark David Chapman revealed that he killed Lennon out of jealousy for his lifestyle and popularity. Chapman pleaded guilty to murdering Lennon and was given a sentence of 20-years-to-life imprisonment. He has been denied parole 11 times since he became eligible in 2000.

Four decades after John Lennon’s passing, fans, and fellow musicians have been pouring messages via their social media accounts in order to remember the beloved musician for his 40th death anniversary.

Recently, the Beatles’ bassist Paul McCartney shared an old picture with John Lennon on his official Instagram page and opened up about the loss of Lennon. McCartney stated that the day he died was an extremely sad day, however, he remembers his friend with the joy he brought to the world. McCartney also expressed his gratitude for working with Lennon, in addition to getting to know him.

Here is how Paul McCartney bid farewell to John Lennon:

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.”

You can see the Instagram post below.