was an unusually warm day in New York City. John Lennon was up and about early, first to his favorite haunt, Cafe LaFortuna
, for his morning coffee then to the barber before returning home. He would then do an interview for the BBC before a photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz
for Rolling Stone magazine
. Lennon was pronounced D.O.A.
in the Emergency Room at the Roosevelt Hospital at 11:15 p.m. by Dr. Stephen Lynn.
Lennon continues to be mourned throughout the world and has been the subject of numerous memorials
and tributes, principally New York City's Strawberry Fields
— a memorial garden area in Central Park
, across the street from the Dakota building. Shortly after his death, Yoko Ono donated $1 million for its maintenance. It has become a gathering place for tributes on Lennon's birthday and on the anniversary of his death, as well as at other times of mourning, such as after the September 11, 2001 attacks
and following George Harrison's death on November 29