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George Harrison’s short battle with cancer

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George Harrison was a member of perhaps the most famous group ever to have existed on the planet. When Beatle mania struck the United States and spread to the rest of the world, he was right there alongside John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, playing on almost every stage across the globe, living the true lifestyle of a rock star.

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. 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 it was discovered a lump had grown in the back of his throat. Just four years later it was reported that Harrison had undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his lung. Later in 2001 Harrison reportedly began treatment at a Switzerland clinic to fight a brain tumor with radiation therapy. On November 29, 2001, Harrison, despite the aggressive onslaught of treatments, died of his throat cancer, lung cancer and brain tumors, in 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, the youngest member of the band and also labelled the most serene and quiet, contributed to the group’s success with several songs, including ‘Here Comes The Sun’, ‘Taxman’ and ‘Something’.

Click to find out more about throat cancer. Other celebrities who have battled throat cancer include Michael Douglas.

Click to find out more about lung cancer.

Click to find out more about brain tumors.

Other celebrities who have been diagnosed with lung cancer include Bob Marley.

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