Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsToday marks the 34th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, who was shot to death outside of his New York City apartment by a deranged fan named Mark David Chapman. In an emotional interview that aired Saturday on the U.K. TV program The Jonathan Ross Show, Paul McCartney recalled when he first found out that his friend and Beatles band mate had been killed.

McCartney remembered being stunned when he received a phone call at home early in the morning informing him of Lennon’s death.

“It was just so horrific,” he said. “You couldn’t take it in and I couldn’t take it in and I just for days couldn’t think that he was gone…It was just a huge shock, then I had to tell [my late wife] Linda and the kids and it was very difficult…It was very difficult for everyone.”

The rock legend suggested that hearing the news of John’s murder was similar to the way people felt when they found out that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Sir Paul added, on a personal note, “For me it was just so sad that I wasn’t going to see [Lennon] again and we weren’t going to hang out.”

McCartney then described his feelings regarding Lennon’s murderer and the senselessness of John’s death.

“The phrase kept coming in my head ‘jerk of all jerks,'” said Paul. “It was just like, ‘This is just a jerk, this is not even a guy politically motivated, it’s just some total random thing.'”

You can watch a segment of McCartney’s appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show now on YouTube.

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