Yoko Ono is stepping back from work and handing her business interests over to her son Sean as she slows down at the age of 87.
The widow of John Lennon has not been seen in public for more than a year and now uses a wheelchair much of the time.
Sean Lennon, 45, has been appointed a director at eight companies linked to The family and the Beatles, including the multimedia Apple Corps.
From me, to you: Yoko Ono is stepping back from work and handing her business interests over to her son Sean as she slows down at the age of 87 (pictured in January, 2019)
The musician has also joined the board at Lensolo which manages the music rights of some of his father’s solo output,
Yoko has been vocal for decades about global peace and was often seen attending exhibitions of her artworks.
Here comes the son: Sean Lennon, 45, has been appointed a director at eight companies linked to the family and the Beatles, including Apple Corp
But she has become more reclusive in recent years and has spoken about suffering from an illness.
On what would have been John’s 80th birthday last month, Sean made a BBC documentary and an Apple Music show to mark the occasion.
Yoko only tweeted a video in which she appeared to be reading from a script.
In one of her last public appearances in 2017, she said: ‘I’ve learned so much from having this illness.’
But it is not known what the artist is suffering from.
Yoko still lives in the Dakota building in New York where John was assassinated outside in 1980.
John also shares a son Julian with his first wife Cynthia but the pair had a strained relationship.
The Beatle frequently described his first son as unplanned, saying he ‘came from a bottle of whiskey’, while saying Sean was a ‘planned child, and therein lies the difference’.
John even quit music for a number of years after Sean was born, but in Julian’s early life, his father was mostly absent.
The widow of John Lennon has not been seen in public for more than a year and now uses a wheelchair much of the time
Julian Lennon (pictured in 2019) had a strained relationship with his father and was excluded from his will
Julian, now 57, was excluded from John’s will, with his half-brother the main inheritor of the fortune.
In 1996, Julian sued his father’s estate and after a lengthy court battle, settled with Yoko for a reported £20million, although he has denied the figure.
He says the relationship with Yoko has improved in recent years and they appeared together at an exhibition of his photography, along with Sean, in 2010.
A spokesman sad: ‘Yoko continues to oversee John’s estate but has drafted in Sean as a director to assist where necessary.’
Sean made headlines earlier this year when he slammed the toppling of a Lincoln statue in
He then sarcastically suggested that ‘the Pyramids should be torn down immediately’ because the ‘evil Pharaohs were not very woke’.
Outspoken Ono Lennon also mocked the vandals, suggesting the Italians be held accountable for Emperor Julius Caesar. He wrote: ‘Can someone explain why it appears a Lincoln statue was toppled in Portland? Asking for a friend.’
The musician, who has more than 300,000 followers on Twitter, followed up with a tweet, adding: ‘The Pyramids of Giza were made under coercion from evil Pharaohs who were not very woke. I think we can all agree the Pyramids should be torn down immediately.
‘Since the invasion of Britain by Emperor Julius Caesar in 55 B.C., Italy has remained deafeningly silent. I think it’s time Italy was held accountable.’