Remember John with love -- Yoko
John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono gave a heartfelt plea for the former Beatle to be remembered "with deep love and respect" on the eve of the 30th anniversary of his murder in New York.
As she spoke of her continued love for her husband, Ms Ono said the world was still learning from his message of peace.
She said: "On this tragic anniversary, please join me in remembering John with deep love and respect. In his short life of 40 years, he gave so much to the world.
"The world was lucky to have known him. We still learn so much from him today. John, I love you!"
Ono, who was beside Lennon when he was gunned down in New York 30 years ago tomorrow, will lead the tributes as millions of people pay their respects.
She will perform at a charity concert in Japan called 'Dream Power -- John Lennon Super Live'.
The focus of the memorials in the UK will be in Liverpool, where hundreds of people are expected to attend a vigil.
Lennon was shot dead by Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building where the couple lived in Manhattan on December 8, 1980 -- two months after his 40th birthday.
Fans in New York will pay their respects at the Strawberry Fields memorial garden in Central Park, directly opposite the spot where he died.