On This Day 2001 (29.11.2001)
George Harrison succumbs to lung cancer at age 58. His final hours are spent with his wife, son, and musician Ravi Shankar at his side.
R.I.P GRAND MASTER!!!
The youngest Beatle, Harrison was the group's lead guitarist. As the group matured, he became a formidable songwriter, with "Taxman" and "Something" among his compositions. Many of his songs didn't land on Beatles albums, as John Lennon and Paul McCartney got precedence, so when the group split, he had three albums worth of songs ready to go. The result was All Things Must Pass, a landmark triple album released in 1970 that includes the tracks "My Sweet Lord" and "What Is Life."
He released a steady string of albums in the '70s, but became far less visible following the 1980 death of John Lennon. Gardening was a passion, as was film: his company HandMade Films produced Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979), Time Bandits (1981) and Shanghai Surprise (1986 - they can't all be winners).
In 1988, he formed The Traveling Wilburys with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison, which Harrison said was "One of the most enjoyable things I've done."
Harrison explored Indian music and was a student of Eastern religion, something he pursued in earnest. After failed cancer surgery early in November 2001, he began preparing for his death, meeting with friends and family to say his goodbyes. In Krishna tradition, he is cremated just hours after his death in an intimate ritual. His wife Olivia and son Dhani release a statement saying: "He left this world as he lived in it, conscious of God, fearless of death, and at peace, surrounded by family and friends. He often said, 'Everything else can wait but the search for God cannot wait, and love one another.'"
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