As the news of Cynthia Lennon's passing traveled yesterday, the surviving former members of the Beatles and their kin offered homage to John Lennon's first wife.

"The news of Cynthia’s passing is very sad," wrote Paul McCartney in a statement published by NME. "She was a lovely lady who I’ve known since our early days together in Liverpool. She was a good mother to Julian and will be missed by us all, but I will always have great memories of our times together."

"I'm very saddened by Cynthia’s death," added Lennon's second wife, Yoko Ono. "She was a great person and a wonderful mother to Julian. She had such a strong zest for life and I felt proud how we two women stood firm in the Beatles family. Please join me in sending love and support to Julian at this very sad time."

Ringo Starr shared his grief and condolences via Twitter, writing, "Peace and love to Julian Lennon. God bless Cynthia, love Ringo and Barbara."

George Harrison's widow Olivia and their son Dhani also paid their respects on Harrison's Facebook page, posting a photo that he'd taken of Cynthia and writing, "Sending our love and deepest sympathies to dear Julian Lennon. May God bless Cynthia always."

Cynthia Lennon was 75 at the time of her death, which occurred at her home in Spain after what was referred to as "a short but brave battle with cancer."

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