20 YEARS OF MOURNING THE DAY THE BEATLES LOST GEORGE HARISSON
Remembering the quiet one as the legend he was.
The Beatles regained renewed attention recently due to Peter Jackson's almost 8-hour revisionist miniseries on 1969 Let It Be sessions, "The Beatles: Get Back", on Disney+.
John Lennon was the angsty hipster, Ringo Starr is the fun uncle, Paul McCartney is the personable walking charisma, and then we have George Harrison, the quiet one.
At 58, Harrison died of lung cancer on November 29, 2001, at one of McCartney's properties on Heather Road in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, just two years after surviving a knife attack.
Michael Abram, a 34-year-old man with paranoid schizophrenia, broke into his Friar Park home in Henley-on-Thames on December 30, 1999, and attacked Harrison with a kitchen knife. Prior to this, the musician had a throat cancer diagnosis back in 1997.
Harrison took over 40 stab wounds and had part of his punctured lung removed. He had an operation to remove a cancerous growth on his lungs in May 2001 and brain tumor treatment a few months later in July. He received the latter treatment in Switzerland, where Starr dropped by to visit.
A few weeks before his death, he had started radiotherapy at Staten Island University Hospital in New York for non-small cell lung cancer that had spread to his brain.
Olivia Harrison, with whom Harrison welcomed his only child, son Dhani, shared a video to her Instagram that featured a psychedelic short clip film by Danny Sangra in tribute, simply writing "November 29" in the caption.
It started with a photo of Harrison's face set to his song "Within You Without You," from Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and ended with the words, "We love you, George."
The Beatles surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both gave tribute to their late bandmate as well on the 20th anniversary of his death on Instagram.
Starr shared an image that featured him and Harrison smiling with cigars hanging out of their mouths. "Peace and love to you George I miss you, man. Peace and love Ringo. ?✌️?❤️??☮️," the 81-year-old wrote in the caption.
"Hard to believe that we lost George 20 years ago," McCartney wrote. "I miss my friend so much. Love Paul." The message was posted as a caption for a black-and-white photo of him and Harrison that was taken by his late wife, Linda McCartney.
Green thumb George
Harrison and McCartney's friendship was rocky, especially after the break-up. However, they soon settled their differences and remained friends until the day of his death. The 79-year-old musician later revealed his favorite work of Harrison.
"'Here Comes The Sun.' It is a brilliant song, and the kind of song that's really good in times like these," said the music legend, referring to one of the 22 songs that Harrison wrote for The Beatles that was featured in their album Abbey Road in 1969.
McCartney revealed that the evergreen coniferous tree that Harrison gave him before his death often left the musician thinking about his long-lost friend. The tree now grows near McCartney's Peasmarsh home in his estate in East Sussex, England.
"George was very into horticulture, [he was] a really good gardener," said Mc Cartney on NPR's All Things Considered. "He gave me [the] tree as a present. It's a big fir tree and it's by my gate."
"It's lovely. He gave it to me, so I just planted it. But then, as the years go by, every time I look at it I go, 'That's the tree George gave me.' George has entered that tree for me. I hope he's happy with that."
McCartney reportedly said that he considered Harrison his "baby brother" at the time of Harrison's death. It was also rumored that the musician lent one of his secluded estates for Harrison to spend his final days, but McCartney debunked the hearsay.
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