Twitter remembers John Lennon on what would have been his 76th birthday

Fans of Beatles icon John Lennon took to Twitter in their droves as they celebrated his 76th birthday.

The late singer was born on October 9, 1940, but died in 1980 after being shot by Mark David Chapman outside his luxury Manhattan apartment on December 8, 1980.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono in 1973 (Anonymous AP/PA Images)

In his 40 years, Lennon made an immeasurable impact to the music industry for being a co-founder and one quarter of The Beatles along with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

He went on to have a successful solo career, with unforgettable tracks such as Imagine and (Just Like) Starting Over, and became known for his efforts as a peace activist.

It was all happiness and love on social media as thousands of Lennon's admirers took to the site to share videos, pictures, favourite songs and memories of the music legend.

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