Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatle John Lennon, died Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75.
Her son, Julian Lennon, posted a moving video tribute to his late mother with a song he had written in her honor. "You gave your life for me, you gave your life for love," it begins, showing footage of him as a young boy with his parents.
"The love you left behind will carry on," Julian sang in a style influenced by his late father. It concluded with the words: "I know you're safe above."
A statement from Julian's representative said Cynthia died at her home in Mallorca "following a short but brave battle with cancer." It said Julian was at his mother's bedside throughout.
Cynthia and John Lennon met at art school in Liverpool and married shortly before the Beatles shot to fame. Julian was their only child together.
The couple divorced in 1968 after John Lennon started his much-publicized relationship with Japanese artist Yoko Ono.
In a 2005 interview, Cynthia recalled his charisma. "You couldn't resist being around him," she said. "You couldn't resist watching what he was up to. I mean, he was a total rebel. Everybody was amazed by him."
McConaughey's fee revealed
Matthew McConaughey's celebrity has certainly drawn a spotlight to the University of Houston, though perhaps not for the reasons the school had hoped. UH's ability to hook the Academy-Award winning Texan to deliver its first universitywide commencement in recent memory at a shiny new football stadium was supposed to be a sign of its rising stature. But news coverage soon shifted to UH's silence on the subject of how much McConaughey would make off the speech. This week, UH finally said it would pay McConaughey $135,000, which the actor intends to donate to charity. Initially, when asked how much it had to spend to lure the actor, UH demurred, citing a rare confidentiality clause in its agreement with a booking agency. McConaughey will give the $135,000 to a charity he started.
Hospitalized: Music icon Joni Mitchell remained hospitalized in Los Angeles on Wednesday after being found unconscious in her Bel Air home on Tuesday. "She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits," her official website posted on Wednesday. Mitchell, 71, is an influential singer-songwriter and eight-time Grammy winner. She struggled with polio as a child and is a longtime smoker. No other details about her condition were available.
Pricey words: The manuscript for one of the most popular singalong tunes at bars, "American Pie," will go on auction next week. The asking price: at least $1 million. Christie's in New York will sell 16 pages of Don McLean's handwritten lyrics and typed drafts for his enigmatic 1971 hit. The high estimate for the April 7 auction is $1.5 million. The song "has lasted 45 years now," said McLean, 69. "Relevance is a hard thing to predict." Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for more than $2 million in 2012, and the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" sold for $1.2 million in 2010.