The + Trending Howard Cosell broke the news on ABC’s Patriots vs. Dolphins broadcast
El December 8, 1980 one of the greatest musicians in history ceased to exist. John Lennon passed away in New York, after being shot four times by a Beatles-obsessed fan, Mark David Chapman, outside the Dakota Building, where Lennon lives in the Big Apple, and was pronounced dead in a hospital shortly before midnight.
A news that shocked the world and that In the United States they found out that Monday night, in the game between Patriots and Dolphins of Monday Night Football that ABC transmits.
10 years ago, on the thirtieth death anniversary, Outside The Lines of ESPN did a piece about that night, in which the Americans found out by a strange coincidence. Alan Weiss, producer for local ABC station WABC-TV, was on the Roosevelt Hospital emergency room after being in a motorcycle accident in Central Park. While lying in bed waiting, Weiss heard a couple of policemen say: “Can you believe it? John Lennon …”.
After hearing that, Weiss went to the coin phone and contacted their newsroom to say that he believed John Lennon was dead., which later confirmed the doctor who attended him, that Lennon had been rushed to the hospital and he arrived with no vital signs. They tried to resurrect him, massaging his heart, but to no avail.
ABC in New York called the Monday Night Football production in Miami and after a few chaotic minutes, in which the Patriots were on their way to break the tie with the Dolphins, they had a couple of windows to announce the news and they did it just before that the winning kick.
Howard Cosell, who had a friendship with Lennon, doubted whether what was happening at the game should break such news, but his partner in the cabin, Frank Gifford, ended up convincing him. “You have to. If we know, we have to. Don’t keep it. It’s a tragic moment and this is going to shock the world. ”
“We have to say it and remember, this is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses … An indescribable tragedy has been confirmed to us by ABC News in New York. John Lennon, just outside his western New York City apartment building, perhaps the most famous of the Beatles, was shot twice in the back, taken to Roosevelt Hospital, and pronounced dead.. It is difficult to return to the game after this news, but it was our duty to say so. “
Forty year ago today.: Singer, songwriter, musician and member of The Beatles, John Lennon, was murdered outside his NYC apartment building.
Here’s how Howard Cosell delivered the news to the country on Monday Night Football: pic.twitter.com/sbgDW9EIJp
? Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 8, 2020
News that occurred 24 hours after the sixth anniversary of Lennon’s appearance on Monday Night Football. On December 9, 1974, Lennon was in the booth and talked about this ‘strange’ sport for the ex-Beatle. “It is a magnificent event. It makes rock concerts look like tea parties. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was that they were playing a song by The Beatles, which really encouraged me.