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Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon's First Wife, Dies of Cancer

See Julian Lennon's tribute to his mother

Liz Raftery

Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon and the mother of Julian Lennon, died Wednesday at her home in Spain after a brief battle with cancer, according to a post on Julian Lennon's Facebook page. She was 75 and her son Julian was by her side.

Born Cynthia Powell in Blackpool, England, Lennon met John Lennon while they attended art school together in Liverpool in the late 1950s. They married in 1962, shortly before the Beatles became international superstars. Their son Julian was born the following year.

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Julian Lennon posted a video and song lyrics in tribute to his mother on Wednesday. "You are so beautiful / The love you left behind will carry on / You gave your heart and soul to everyone," it reads in part.

Cynthia and John Lennon divorced in 1968 and she went on to marry three more times. Her most recent husband, Noel Charles, died in 2013.

Watch Julian Lennon's tribute to his mother below: