‘He is definitely alive’: Yoko Ono denies long-held rumor about death of Beatles’ Paul McCartney
BY SOMETHING ELSE!
APRIL 7, 2014
Each week, Yoko Ono opens the floor for fan questions of any stripe, from her philosophy on art and outlook on life, to her music career and that of her husband John Lennon — both solo and with the Beatles. This week, she confirmed something that’s long been perculating among conspiracy theorists who think Lennon’s former bandmate Paul McCartney was killed at the height of their fame.
“I just spoke with Paul a few days ago,” Ono says, in the newly posted fan Q&A. “He is definitely alive and well.”
This particular urban legend dates back to 1967, when some believe that McCartney died in a car accident and was replaced by a body double. A few particularly resourceful sleuths even sorted out a series of clues, buried in the songs and album sleeves of the Beatles’ next few albums. The group’s press office was forced, at one point in 1969, to actually rebuke the rumors. And yet for some — though clearly not Ono — the question persists.
Ono, also discussed being a fan of McCartney’s latest studio effort, called New. She says her husband’s former bandmate is “getting wiser and wiser,” and that he is also “writing good new songs.”