Disturbing Details Found In John Lennon's Autopsy Report

On the evening of December 8, 1980, John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono were returning home to their New York apartment when a man called out to Lennon. Soon after, a few gunshots were heard and Lennon fell down and was covered in blood. The shooter was later identified as Mark David Chapman, who stood by as his target bled out, per Heavy.

Earlier that day, Chapman was outside Lennon's building with a copy of the album "Double Fantasy," which he wanted Lennon to autograph. Chapman was a huge Beatles fan and was also deeply religious, but his opinion changed upon hearing his idol refer to his band the Beatles as being "more popular than Jesus." Chapman later revealed that he had been planning to kill Lennon for a few months. He has since been incarcerated and admitted that he committed the crime for "self-glory," according to The Scotsman. "He was very, very, very famous and that's the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory, very selfish," he said.

Lennon was taken to the hospital several minutes after the shooting took place, and doctors attempted to resuscitate him. However, he had lost too much blood due to the gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead soon after (via Biography).

John Lennon was shot four times

Mark David Chapman fired several shots that night, and four bullets hit John Lennon. Dr. David Halleran was on duty at the hospital and was the surgeon who gave Lennon a cardiac massage, hoping to revive his heart. The heart itself wasn't hit by the bullets, but the vessels near the organ were damaged. The singer had already lost a lot of blood before even being brought to the hospital (via CNY Central). "We weren't getting a pulse back, we weren't getting blood pressure back, we weren't getting pupil response back. He was very much gone," Dr. Halleran told Inside Edition. He was declared dead at 11:15 p.m.

Dr. Elliot Gross was the medical examiner who conducted Lennon's autopsy. Based on his report, two bullets penetrated the shoulder and two bullets went into Lennon's back. Dr. Gross said that he died of shock and massive blood loss, and said that the death was almost immediate. One of the bullets that went into Lennon's back passed through the chest and his left lung before it exited the body. Another bullet also hit the left lung and was lodged in his neck, as reported by the Washington Post.

Chapman was charged with second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life after his guilty plea. He has been denied parole 11 times as of 2020, per Distractify, and will most likely spend the remainder of his life at the Wende Correctional Facility.