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Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of the late Beatles member John Lennon and mother of son Julian Lennon, has died in Spain, a family spokeswoman said Wednesday. She was 75.

Cynthia Lennon passed away at her home in Mallorca following a "short but brave battle with cancer," according to a statement.

"Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout," the statement said. "The family are thankful for your prayers. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time."

Former Beatles member Paul McCartney also released a statement on his eponymous website that read: "The news of Cynthia’s passing is very sad. She was a lovely lady who I’ve known since our early days together in Liverpool. She was a good mother to Julian and will be missed by us all, but I will always have great memories of our times together."

Born Cynthia Powell, of Blackpool, England, she met John Lennon at 18 before he became known as a music icon. They were married in 1962, but divorced in 1968. A year later, John Lennon married Yoko Ono.

John Lennon and his first wife, Cynthia, on April 23, 1964.Keystone-France / Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images