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John Lennon produced his own music when he left the Beatles in 1969. He was shot in the back four times by Mark David Chapman as he returned to his Manhattan apartment Dec. 8, 1980. Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Lennon was 40 years old.(Credit: AP)

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