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29/11/01
George Harrison Dies
- Ex-Beatle joins his sweet lord

GEORGE HARRISON died on Thursday night after a long-running battle against cancer.

"George died conscious of God and loved by his family," said a close friend who was present in the Los Angeles house where Harrison spent his final hours.

The former Beatle lead-guitarist was one of the most famous musicians in the world, primarily for his role in the Fab Four, but also for his solo work which included the spiritual anthem, My Sweet Lord.

Guitar-playing apart, it was Harrison's devotion to a cultic version of Hinduism that was probably his biggest influence on The Beatles. He persuaded the three other members of the 1960s group to visit the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a trip that helped change the band's musical style.

Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the bulk of The Beatles songs, Harrison contributed some gems including Here Comes the Sun, Taxman and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

After the groups split in 1970, Harrison, often referred to as the 'Quiet Beatle', devoted more and more of his time to private life, although he did become a major source of finance for British cinema with the HandMade film production company.




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