That haunts him 25 years on...
Scott Colothan

11:04 9th December 2005

Paul McCartney has revealed that he is still haunted by John Lennon’s ‘horrific’ death 25 years ago.

Despite still being affected by the horrible nature of Lennon’s untimely death, Macca says he still remembers the good times with John.

In a candid interview with Radio 2’s Steve Wright on the week of the 25th anniversary of Lennon’s murder, Macca said: “The first thing that goes through your mind is the horrific conditions of his death. That's what always hits me. And you think: ‘Gosh, my mate, that's what happened to him.’

 "But, then rather than dwell on that I immediately go to the fantastic times we had and how lucky and privileged I feel to be one of the people who spent the most time with him during his life having met him as a teenager.

"People start these rumours: ‘He was this, he was that.’ I say: ‘Look, I've slept with him.’ We've done hitch-hiking holidays and we've had to top and tail it because there was only one bed. I say: ‘I knew him’.

"And, we'd get drunk together and do all those kinds of things that you find out about people.

"The bottom line, I think what everybody already knows, he was a fantastic man, really fantastic guy. Just as a man, as an activist, he is one of the great men of the 20th century.

"I'm just very proud to have known him so intimately from when we were kids to virtually the end all the way through."

Despite well documented rifts between the pair, Paul says that he still feels a close affinity to Lennon, saying: "I do (have a connection) and I don't expect it to go even though we are separated by death. It's just something I will always feel, some sort of link with John that's for sure."