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Published: 2001/11/30

George Harrison 1943-2001

Beatles guitarist George Harrison passed away yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. His wife Olivia Harrison and 24-year-old son Dhani were with him when he died at a friend’s home, around 4:30 p.m. EST, according to the Associated Press. Harrison wrote and sang such classics as ‘Taxman,’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and ‘Something.’
Former band-mate Paul McCartney told AP ‘I am devastated and very very sad. We knew he’d been ill for a long time. He was a lovely guy and a very brave man and had a wonderful sense of humor. He is really just my baby brother.’
‘George has given so much to us in his lifetime and continues to do so even after his passing, with his music, his wit and his wisdom,’ Yoko Ono told The Press Association. ‘His life was magical and we all felt we had shared a little bit of it by knowing him.’
An informal service will be held today in New York, at Central Park’s Strawberry Fields.

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