Freeze Frame: The John Lennon superfan who captured the chilling final photo of his idol

Saturday, June 22, 2024

One of the most well-known and successful musicians in the world stops to pose for a photo with one of his biggest fans.

Paul Goresh would spend hours outside the New York apartment building of John Lennon in the hope of catching a glimpse of the former Beatle turned solo artist.

The two even developed a friendship, so it was no surprise Lennon agreed to pose for the photo on November 17, 1980.

Exactly three weeks later, Lennon was dead, having been shot on the very footpath where the two posed for what would be one of the last ever photos of the musician.

Even more eerie was the fact Goresh had photographed Lennon with his killer just hours before he was gunned him down.

On that day, December 8, 1980, 21-year-old Lennon fan Paul Goresh and 25-year-old Mark David Chapman were waiting for Lennon outside his apartment building. Goresh later recalled to that he first encountered Chapman on the sidewalk.

"Chapman comes up to me and he says, 'Do you want to take my photo?' And he's holding the Double Fantasy album in his left arm and he's smiling," he said.

"And I said, 'What do I want to take your picture for?' I'm here for John."

Source:Merryn Porter/


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