Yoko Ono hospitalised in New York with ‘flu symptoms’

Spokesman denies 83-year-old singer and widow of John Lennon suffered a stroke

 Yoko Ono, the widow of the late former Beatle John Lennon, has been admitted to a New York-area hospital after complaining of severe flu-like symptoms. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Yoko Ono, the widow of the late former Beatle John Lennon, has been admitted to a New York-area hospital after complaining of severe flu-like symptoms. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

 

Yoko Ono has been admitted to hospital in New York City for flu-like symptoms, but is recovering and should be allowed home soon, her representative has said.

Elliott Mintz said the 83-year-old artist-singer widow of Beatle John Lennon went to hospital on the advice of her doctor. He denied media reports that she had had a stroke.

Mr Mintz said doctors at Mount Sinai West Hospital in Manhattan decided to admit her, but “it was nothing”. He said Ono would probably be discharged later on Saturday.

A Fire Department spokesman said an ambulance was called to Ono’s apartment building at 72nd Street and Central Park West in Manhattan at about 9pm on Friday.

Ono has lived in the luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side since 1973. Lennon was shot dead in front of the building on December 8 1980.

Mount Sinai West is the same hospital where Lennon was pronounced dead. At the time, it was called St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.

Reuters