Cynthia Lennon, first wife of late Beatle John Lennon, has died, her family said on Wednesday.

"Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain following a short but brave battle with cancer," according to a family statement on her son Julian's website.

"Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers," it added.

Cynthia Lennon, 75, married the former Beatle in 1962 and the couple divorced in 1968 when he left her for Japanese artist Yoko Ono. John Lennon was shot dead in New York in 1980 at the age of 40.

Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow, released a statement regarding Cynthia's death on Facebook: