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George Harrison: The Illness and Death of the iconic Beatle (George Harrison' Death)

“... He awakened tenderness in everyone, like the sun, flowers and the moon! We will all miss him terribly. The world is empty without him...

The Last Days of George Harrison...

The legendary Liverpool Four are considered to this day the most famous and influential rock band in the history of music. They were adored and hated, the most incredible legends were composed about them and sincerely admired their work ... Along with Lennon and McCartney, George Harrison made a huge contribution to the development of the Beatles band. Unfortunately, on November 29, 2001, there was one less legend in this world...

An era legend, George Harrison...
An era legend, George Harrison...

George Harrison: The Last Days of the Iconic Beatle

Throughout his long enough life, George Harrison managed to try a lot of all sorts of nasty things. The legendary "Beatle" was looking for inspiration in alcohol, drugs ... But if the rock and roll star gave up all this rather quickly and painlessly, then Harrison could not part with tobacco until his death ... It was smoking that provoked the development of a fatal disease, which eventually deprived us of another great genius ... Relatives of the musician said that George could smoke up to sixty cigarettes in a day! With all due respect, this is a colossal dose even for a rock star.

Throat cancer. Complicated operation. Lung cancer, and again a series of operations ... George Harrison has been battling an insidious disease since the mid-1990s. In 1997, he was removed a cancerous tumor of the larynx and part of the lung, and in May 2001 he was sentenced to a malignant brain tumor ... This time, there was no talk of operations ... Unfortunately, Harrison took the warning in the form of the first two cancers with his characteristic fatalism. Had he given up his bad habit... Who knows, perhaps he would have lived to this day. But George did not change his pleasures, completely exposing himself for a third, crushing blow.

Harrison underwent a course of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in Switzerland, after which he continued to fight for life within the walls of a New York hospital ... Unfortunately, the efforts of the doctors did not materialize. The once energetic Beatles guitarist had only a few weeks to say goodbye to all his family and friends…

The last photo of George Harrison...
The last photo of George Harrison...

First of all, George called his sister Louise, with whom they had not communicated for 10 years ... Worried about the words of her brother, the woman flew to him in New York without hesitation. They hugged and talked for a long time ... Before his death, Harrison reunited in soul with one of the people closest to him, forgetting about old grievances ...

With sister Louise...
With sister Louise...

Exactly 17 days before his death, on November 12, Harrison was visited by old bandmates Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. Doctors said that despite George's serious condition, the friends spent several hours filled with laughter and jokes ...

Legendary four from Liverpool!
Legendary four from Liverpool!

After being discharged, George left New York. He flew to Los Angeles, deciding to spend his last days at Paul McCartney's house. Harrison spent the rest of his time enjoying good surroundings and heartfelt conversations...

Death of a rock and roll star

Legendary guitarist, rock musician, singer, composer, writer and producer - George Harrison died in Los Angeles on November 29, 2001 at 13:30 local time. Officially, this became known only at midnight ... Harrison's family announced:

“George left this world the same way he lived in it: with faith in God, without fear of death… He died in harmony with himself, surrounded by the people closest to him…”

A few hours before this statement, the body of the musician was taken to the crematorium. Around 23:00, wife Olivia and son Dhani received an urn with ashes…

Following Harrison's dying request, on the morning of December 4, his ashes were scattered over the Ganges. The ceremony took place at dawn. The place where George ended his journey is located near the city of Allahabad, at the confluence of two rivers - the Ganges and the Yamuna.

tribute

Fans of the cult Beatles gathered at Strawberry Fields in New York's Central Park to honor the memory of the deceased idol and genius of an entire era ... As for England, the staff of the London studio Abbey Road took out the speakers, and all day on November 30, the street sounded great album All Things Must Pass…

On the same day, the national flag was flown at half mast in Liverpool, and near Buckingham Palace, for the first time in history, the guards band played the music of The Beatles ...

The legendary Beatles!
The legendary Beatles!

Expressing his condolences, Bob Dylan stated:

“George was a great, great man with a big soul… He had perfect wit and humor, spirituality and common sense… He was full of compassion for people, humanity, which is a rarity today… He awakened tenderness in everyone, like the sun, flowers and moon! We will all miss him terribly. The world is empty without him...

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