"We are turning this beautiful country into a War Zone"

Yoko Ono has paid tribute to her late husband John Lennon on the 39th anniversary of his death.

Lennon was killed by crazed fan Mark Chapman on 8 December 1980 in New York. The former Beatle was shot four times in the back at close range outside his home in Manhattan.

Ono paid tribute to the music legend on Twitter, stating that the Lennon family continue to miss him.

“The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience,” Ono wrote. “After 39 years, Sean, Julian and I still miss him. Imagine all the people living life in peace.”

In the post, Ono shared a poster that highlights gun violence in America. “Over 1,400,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980.”

Following up the tweet, Ono wrote, “we are turning this beautiful country into a War Zone. Together, let’s bring back America, the green land of Peace.”