Yoko Ono released from hospital after suffering flu symptoms

“Thanks again for everyone’s concern,” Sean Ono Lennon tweeted just after 5 p.m. on @seanonolennon.

“She’s home and running about as usual,” he added. “Just the flu in the end. I may go get a flu shot now.”

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“She was diagnosed with the flu. She’ll most likely be released today or tomorrow,” her rep Elliott

Well-wishers from around the world greeted the news with gratitude after an initial scare prompted by law enforcement tips that the original 911 call from Ono’s Upper West Side home indicated the artist had “slurred speech” and was “possibly having a stroke.”

A person called 911 from Ono’s Upper West Side home at around 9 p.m. Friday and said the artist had “slurred speech” and was “possibly having a stroke,” sources said Friday.

She was then taken by ambulance to Mount Sinai West hospital.

Her son, Sean Lennon, who was spotted at the hospital Friday night, tweeted: “Only stroke @yokoono had was a Stroke of Genius! 🙂 She’s really fine. Thanks for all the well wishes! Big Love, Sean.”

The hospital, formerly known as Roosevelt, is the same facility where Lennon died after the former Beatle was shot by an assassin on Dec. 8, 1980.

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