George Harrison’s final words encapsulate the beauty of the Quiet Beatle.
The guitarist was diagnosed with cancer during the 90s, but seemed to be advancing in a progressive fashion. An attack at home by an intruder weakened his body, and – friends strongly believe – caused the return of his cancer.
Invited to recuperate at Sir Paul McCartney’s American home, George Harrison died 21 years ago today – November 29th – surrounded by loved ones.
Ringo Starr remained close to George Harrison throughout his life, from the highs of The Beatles to the ups and downs of their solo careers. Visiting the guitarist on his deathbed, when Harrison was being treated in a Switzerland hospice.
As the Express note, a video interview some years later gives an indication of the wisdom George Harrison retained. Ringo commented: “The last weeks of George’s life he was living in Switzerland, and I went to see him. He was very ill. He could only lay down.”
The two spoke for a while, before Ringo was forced to say his farewell – in a cruel twist of fate, his daughter was also ill, and he had a flight to America to catch. George Harrison’s final words to Ringo retain his wry sense of Scouse humour: “Do you want me to come with you?”
Passing away at Sir Paul McCartney’s American home, George Harrison had wife Olivia Harrison by his side until the end. According to those present, his final words were: “Everything else can wait, but the search for God cannot wait, and love one another.”
To his wife, he said simply: “Olivia, you’ll be fine, you’ll be fine”.
In a note to fans following news of George Harrison’s death, Olivia Harrison wrote: “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.’”