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George Harrison 1943-2001

Harrison passed away at 1:30 p.m. Thursday November 29th at a friend's Los Angeles home following a battle with cancer, long-time friend Gavin De Becker told The Associated Press late Thursday. Harrison's wife, Olivia Harrison, and son Dhani, 23, were with him.

Olivia & Dhani Harrison
"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."

Paul McCartney

"I am devastated and very very sad. We knew he'd been ill for a long time. He was a lovely guy and a very brave man and had a wonderful sense of humour. He is really just my baby brother. I've known George forever and he's a really beautiful guy who I love dearly. I remember all the beautiful times we had together and I'd like to remember him like that because I know he would like to be remembered like that. He was a great guy, full of love for humanity but he didn't suffer fools gladly. He's a great man. He'll be sorely missed by everyone."
"He was a lovely, lovely man. We know he's been ill for a while and we've just been praying for some kind of miracle. It wasn't to be, but I understand from his wife that he went peacefully which is a great blessing and it was a very peaceful golden moment apparently. I will just miss him but rather than just dwell on the sadness, I'm tending to start remembering all the silly little stories of where we went, all the things we did, and the laughs we had together. He was a very lovely man who didn't suffer fools gladly and didn't like interferences in his private life. He was a great man, a loving man, and I would like to ask people, particularly the media, to be very kind to Olivia and Dhani at the moment and to try and support them at this time, because they need support."

Ringo Starr

"George was a best friend of mine. I loved him very much and I will miss him greatly. Both Barbara and I send our love and light to Olivia and Dhani. We will miss George for his sense of love, his sense of music and his sense of laughter"

Yoko Ono

"My deep love and concern goes to Olivia and Dhani. The three of them (the Harrisons) were the closest, most loving family you can imagine. George has given so much to us in his lifetime and continues to do so even after his passing, with his music, his wit and his wisdom. His life was magical and we all felt we had shared a little bit of it by knowing him. Thank-you George, it was grand knowing you."

Cynthia Lennon

"This is a very sad day for myself and everyone who knew and loved George. He was part of my teenage years, he was part of my marriage to John, in fact, a very important and unforgettable part of my life. He was part of my family. George may have departed from this world that we all know, but his generosity of talent and spirit he bequeathed to all he left behind. A spirit that searched for the truth and I'm sure has finally found peace. My love and condolences to Olivia and Dhani. I know his memory will give them immense strength and courage, the memory of a very special human being."

Julian Lennon

"It is a sad day for all of us, I loved George very much. He was the kindest of men. Our time together, though little, was always memorable. He was a man to be inspired by and he certainly touched my heart and millions of others. He will be missed, but I believe that after all the pain he has endured, he is finally at peace. My heart goes out to Olivia and Dhani, but I know that George is still with them in spirit and will be guarding them every day of their lives until they meet again. George you are beautiful."

John Chambers of the Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society

"It really is the end of a dream. The only comfort we can take is the legacy of the music, which is as powerful and mysterious today as it ever was."

Gerry Marsden, leader of the Liverpool band Gerry and the Pacemakers

"This is a black day, a sad day. He was a very talented lad and he was too young to die"

Former EMI publicist Max Clifford

"There was never any arrogance about George Harrison. He was always very pleasant to all of us at EMI - he'd always stop and pass the time of day... He was always very good natured and very pleasant to everyone. He was very calm and rational, right from the very start, and those qualities emerged right through his life. Anyone who knew George had nothing but nice things to say about him."

Top Of The Pops producer Chris Cowey

"I met George Harrison a couple of times and I'm sure he'd rather we celebrated his life and achievements rather than mourn his death."

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