George Harrison was a member of undoubtedly the most famous group ever to have existed in the history of modern music. When Beatle-mania struck the United States and spread to the rest of the world, he was there in the thick of it alongside John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, playing on the biggest stages across the globe, living the dream that so many still try to realise.
Yet when Harrison began developing tumors in the 1990s, he put these down to the many nights of debauchery and his ceaseless smoking habit during the prime of his life in the 1960s. He was a party goer and loved the excess his lifestyle afforded him.
While Harrison was open about his career, his personal life he kept very secret, therefore making the progress of his illness difficult to follow. He passed away very suddenly – only four years after his initial diagnosis.
Harrison was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 after a lump had been discovered growing in the back of his throat. Four years later it was reported that Harrison had undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his lung and it was obvious that the disease was spreading through his body. Later in 2001 Harrison reportedly began treatment at a Switzerland clinic to fight a brain tumor with radiation therapy but on November 29, 2001, Harrison, despite the aggressive onslaught of treatments, died as a result of throat, lung and brain tumors, at a friend’s home in Los Angeles, California.
George Harrison famously had a devotion to Oriental mysticism and it was he who convinced The Beatles to travel to India to sit at the feet of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Harrison was the youngest member of the band and also considered the most serene and quiet. He contributed to the group’s success with several songs, including ‘Here Comes The Sun’, ‘Taxman’ and ‘Something’.