On Feb. 26, 2016, Yoko Ono was rushed to a hospital in Manhattan, N.Y. She was rumored to have been hospitalized due to a stroke. Ono suffered from flu-like symptoms and was urged by her doctor to seek emergency medical care.
An ambulance was called and arrived at Ono’s apartment at 9 p.m. EST. She currently resides in a luxury building on 72nd Street and Central Park West in Manhattan. She was hospitalized at Mount Sinai West Hospital where she was accompanied by her son, Sean Ono Lennon. According to Lennon, his mother suffered from flu-like symptoms that included being dehydrated and fatigued. She will likely be released from the hospital on Saturday. Since her admittance, Lennon has cleared up rumors on social media regarding his mother having a stroke.
Ono has lived in the same building since the death of her late husband and The Beatles legend, John Lennon. Lennon was shot and killed in front of their home on Dec. 8, 1980. Lennon was rushed to the same hospital that Ono was taken to, which at the time, was named St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. There, he was pronounced dead at the age of 40.
Ono met Lennon on Nov. 9, 1966, during her London art show. Together, they combined their love for art and created music. They married in 1969 and were inseparable for six years. In 1973, the couple took a break for 15 months. Once they were together again, the couple’s story consisted of roller coasters, including supercilious critics bombarding their lives. They were attacked by all types of harassers worldwide, including politicians and the media.
Their son, Sean was born on Oct. 9, 1975, and is their only child together. Lennon has another son, Julian Lennon, with his first wife, Cynthia. Their son is now 53 years old.
She frequently suffered from the media’s criticism, as she was blamed for the breakup of The Beatles. However, since the death of her late husband, Ono has thrived in the entertainment industry. Since the 1980s, she has released albums and written songs. She has collaborated with David Tudo, Earl Slick, Richard Maxfield, and Fred DeAsis. The widow has won two Grammy awards. One Grammy was awarded as a producer and an artist, and the other one was for video producing. The 83-year-old artist-singer recently attended the 2016 New Musical Express (NME) Awards in London last week.
Ono’s recent artwork will be exhibited at the Memory and Tolerance Museum in Mexico City. There, 19 pieces will be displayed for one month and promotes peace. Ono was rushed to the hospital, but according to her son’s tweets, she is healthy.
10 Facts About Yoko Ono
- The last time she had alcohol was in the 1950s.
- Ono did not wear makeup until she turned 50 years old.
- She prefers listening to Stravinsky over Mozart.
- Ono loves wearing sunglasses and will even wear a pair in the movie theater.
- If she were reincarnated as an animal, she would choose to be a sparrow.
- She and Lennon spent 15 years drinking soy milk and eating a macrobiotic diet.
- She does not sleep for more than three or four hours at a time.
- Ono prefers doing the “Dougie” over krumping.
- Her first cigarette was at the age of 34 and she continued to smoke for 15 years.
- Once a day, she takes a bath in ice-cold water and has stated it ys her secret to eternal youth.
By Tricia Manalansan
CNN: Artist Yoko Ono hospitalized with ‘extreme’ flu-like symptoms
The Boston Globe: Yoko Ono hospitalized for flu symptoms
IMDb: Yoko Ono Biography
US Weekly: Yoko Ono: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me (I Prefer Doing the Dougie to Krumping!)
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