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Chicago ties to newly released John Lennon FBI file

Suddenly, from the broadcast booth, came these deliberately-spoken words from the late, great “MNF” color-man, Howard Cosell.

“An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City,” Cosell said, interrupting the excitement of a 13-13 game.

“John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous, perhaps, of all the Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead … on … arrival. Hard to go back to the game after that news flash, which, in duty bound, we have to take.”

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