The Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr shared a farewell message on his official Instagram account in honor of the late frontman John Lennon’s death anniversary after he was brutally murdered 40 years ago which left the whole world in pain and shock.

As you may know, on the evening of December 8, 1980, The Beatles’ legendary frontman John Lennon was shot dead by Mark David Chapman in the archway of the Dakota, his residence in New York City, while he was 40 years old.

Chapman’s motive was pure jealousy, as he stated, of Lennon’s lifestyle and his popularity. Chapman pleaded guilty to murdering Lennon and was given a sentence of 20-years-to-life imprisonment in an Upstate New York prison. He has been denied parole 11 times since becoming eligible in 2000.

Since The Beatles was a beloved band by the whole world, both fans and musicians were shocked and in terrible pain after the loss of John Lennon. Everybody was grieving after the heartbreaking news and still is to this day due to the influence John Lennon had on music and the world itself considering he was also a peace activist.

John Lennon’s bandmate, drummer Ringo Starr shared a post on his official Instagram page for Lennon’s 40th death anniversary and expressed how he felt after hearing the devastating news years ago. Starr also asked for the radio stations all over the world to play the Beatles song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ in order to remember Lennon.

Here is what Starr said:

“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 to play Strawberry Fields Forever. Peace and love.”

You can see the Instagram post below.