During a BBC radio interview today, Sir Paul said that although he was devastated by the murder of his friend John Lennon 25 years ago, he prefers to focus on the happy times they spent together:
""It was terrible, it was early in the morning for us and I got a phone call from the manager who said, you know, 'Are you sitting down?'. He told me and it was just terrible. It was a terrible shock because it was the end of an era of friendship for me.
"The first thing that goes through your mind is the horrific conditions of his death. That's what always hits me. And you think, 'Gosh, my mate, that's what happened to him.' But then, rather than dwell on that, I immediately go to the fantastic times we had and how lucky and privileged I feel to be one of the people who spent the most time with him during his life having met him as a teenager.
"He was a fantastic man. A really fantastic guy. When I first knew him I thought he was a really fantastic guy. But with everything he achieved with the Beatles, on his own as a man and as an activist, he was one of the great men of the 20th century. I'm very proud to have known him so intimately, from kids right the way to the end. To have known John in that period, so intimately. People start these rumors: 'He was this, he was that.' I say, 'Look, I've slept with him.' We've done hitchhiking holidays and we've had to top and tail it because there was only one bed. I say, 'I knew him and can set the record straight.'
"The bottom line, I think what everybody already knows, he was a fantastic man, really fantastic guy.
Sir Paul said he will always feel close to John:
"I don't expect it to go even though we are separated by death. I will always feel some kind of link with John."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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