Yoko Ono, the 83-year-old widow of Beatles’ legend John Lennon was rushed to the hospital on the evening of February 26 in New York City after initial reports claimed that she suffered a stroke. Ono was transported to the same hospital where Lennon died after being shot in 1980, according to ABC News.
That hospital, now known as Mount Sinai West, was named Roosevelt Hospital when Lennon was shot. Ono was transported there around 9 p.m.
A spokesperson for Ono, Elliot Mintz, who has represented both Lennon and Ono since the 1970s, was quoted by ABC as saying “To the best of my knowledge, she had symptoms along the lines of a serious flu, and her doctor thought it was best that she would get a check-up at the hospital. There is no stroke and there are no life threatening circumstances as has been described to me. It’s just an advanced case of the flu.”
Also trying to quell the early stroke rumors, John and Yoko’s son, Sean Lennon tweeted “Hey guys it was only rumours from press: was NOT a stroke, just dehydration/tired. She is FINE,” followed by “Only stroke @yokoono had was a Stroke of Genius! :-) She’s really fine. Thanks for all the well wishes! Big Love, Sean.”
Mintz went on to say that although Ono was dehydrated, tired and suffering from flu-like symptoms, he hoped that she’d be released today from the hospital. Ono turned 83 on February 18.
Ono recently won the NME Inspiration Award. Afterwards she said she had no intentions of ever retiring from music. Contact Music quoted her as saying “I won’t stop. No, I never think that. Artists are obsessive, they want to keep doing it.”
On January 11, following the death of rocker David Bowie, Yoko posted the image depicted in this article on her Facebook page and wrote: “John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family. After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.”