Watch Paul McCartney Reflect on John Lennon's Death: 'It Was So Horrific'

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Photo of John Lennon and Paul McCartney from The Beatles posed in 1963. 

Today (Dec. 8) marks the 34th anniversary of the tragic loss of John Lennon at the hands of Mark David Chapman in 1980.

Paul McCartney appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show to reflect on the sudden loss of one of music's greatest icons.



"It was so horrific and I couldn't take it in," Sir Paul remembers. "For days, you just couldn't think he was gone."

He remembers he got the bad news via an early morning phone call while he was at home.

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Thinking back to Champan, he points out how the killing was not politically motivated -- a "total random thing" from "the jerk of all jerks."

McCartney also spoke about how he felt "very lucky" to have mended his friendship with Lennon in the late 1970s after the relationship went sour following The Beatles' 1970 breakup.

Chapman pleaded guilty to second degree murder and remains imprisoned, having been denied parole in August.

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