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Yoko Ono in Hospital With ‘Serious Flu,’ Not a Stroke, Says Rep

The widow of John Lennon was first said to have had a stroke

Yoko Ono, the 83-year-old artist and widow of John Lennon, has been hospitalized with a “serious flu,” according to her longtime spokesman.

“It’s just an advanced case of the flu,” Elliot Mintz told media, who initially published reports that Ono had suffered a stroke.

He said: “To the best of my knowledge, she had symptoms along the lines of a serious flu, and her doctor thought it was best that she would get a check-up at the hospital. There is no stroke and there are no life threatening circumstances as has been described to me.”

He said the 83-year-old widow of John Lennon likely will be released from the hospital tomorrow.

A Fire Department spokesman says an ambulance was called to Ono’s apartment building at 72nd Street and Central Park West in Manhattan earlier today.

Lennon was shot and killed in front of the building on Dec. 8, 1980.