Yoko Ono was hospitalized in New York late Friday with flu-like symptoms, her longtime publicist told CBS New York.
Elliot Mintz said Ono had been suffering from “extreme flu-like symptoms” and was advised by her doctor to be examined at a hospital. An earlier report by CBS New York cited sources saying Ono had possibly suffered a stroke.
The 83-year-old artist, musician and widow of John Lennon was taken from her home at Manhattan’s famed Dakota apartment building to Mt. Sinai West Hospital, CBS New York reported. That’s the same hospital where Lennon was pronounced dead after being shot by a deranged fan outside the Dakota on Dec. 8, 1980.
Later on Friday, Ono’s son Sean said in a Twitter message that his mother was “fine” and was treated for dehydration. He joked that the only stroke she suffered was “a stroke of genius.” Mintz said Ono would likely be released on Saturday.
Ono, who established herself as an avant-garde artist before meeting Lennon in the late 1960s, has been active of late with an art show, “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-71,” at the Museum of Modern Art that opened last June. She also just released an album, “Yes, I’m a Witch,” this month and published a book, “Acorn,” in 2013. Ono took part in the many celebrations in 2014 of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first visit to the U.S.
Ono has been the keeper of the flame for Lennon as a musician and artist since his death. She oversees the management of Lennon’s estate and legacy and represents his interests in contemporary Beatles’ business.
For decades, Ono has also carried the burden of the public image as the woman who broke up the Beatles, as her relationship with Lennon intensified. The two married in March 1969 and the pair embarked on solo musical ventures thereafter. But Ono has long disputed that she came between Lennon and the band, citing numerous other strains in the relationships between Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Ono and Lennon had one child, Sean, who is now 40. Ono also has a daughter, Kyoko, by her first marriage.