“We have to say it. Remember, this is just a football game. No matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City. John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous, perhaps of all of the Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival. Hard to go back to the game after that news flash, which in duty bound, we had to take.”
Last Words – John Lennon (Cosell) – Bio
John Winston Lennon
Born October 9, 1940 – Died December 8, 1980
English Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Member of the Beatles
Last Words – John Lennon (Cosell) – Note
At approximately 10:50 pm on December 8, 1980, as John Lennon and Yoko Ono returned to their New York apartment in The Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building.
Lennon was taken to the emergency room of nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:07 pm.
That night, “Monday Night Football” announcer Howard Cosell had the difficult task of telling their viewers of Lennon’s death while the New England Patriots were attempting a field goal against the Miami Dolphins.
Howard Cosell stunned millions by announcing the murder of John Lennon live while performing his regular commentating duties on Monday Night Football.
Word had been passed to Cosell and Frank Gifford by Roone Arledge, who was president of ABC’s news and sports divisions at the time, near the end of the game and Cosell’s announcement was prefaced by Gifford saying, “And I don’t care what’s on the line, Howard, you have got to say what we know in the booth.”
Cosell then announced John Lennon’s death.
ABC had obtained this scoop as a result of the coincidence of an ABC employee, Alan Weiss, being at the same emergency room that Lennon was brought to that night.
This unwittingly violated a request to the hospital by Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, to delay reporting of his death until she could tell their son, Sean, herself.
Sean, age 5, was not watching the football game, or any television, that evening as it was near midnight, and Ono was able to break the news to him.
Last Words – John Lennon (Cosell) – Video
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