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George Martin Denies Harrison Death Comments
July 23 — A spokesman for George Martin is denying the legendary producer
said ex-Beatle George Harrison was close to death.
Adam Sharp of George Martin Music told ABCNEWS that the producer, once known
as the "Fifth Beatle," did not make comments attributed to him by a London
London's Mail On Sunday newspaper had quoted Martin as saying Harrison "knows
he is going to die soon," but was at peace and accepted it.
Harrison is reportedly suffering from a brain tumor.
"He has been near death many times and he's been rescued many times as well.
But he knows he is going to die soon and he's accepting it perfectly
happily," Martin was quoted as saying.
But Sharp told Good Morning America that Martin has not discussed the health
of George Harrison with anyone, and that he did not make the comments
attributed to him in the Mail.
Sharp did not say whether Martin was considering legal action against the
Harrison Reportedly Suffering From Brain Tumor
Just two weeks ago, George Harrison released a statement telling fans that he
was feeling fine, and apologizing for "unnecessary worry" caused by media
reports of his illness.
"Please do not worry," he said, but the statement was markedly different from
one released by his lawyer after Harrison was treated in the United States
for a cancerous growth in one of his lungs in May.
"Although All Things Must Pass away, George has no plans right now and is
still Living in the Material World, and wishes everyone all the best, God
Bless and not to worry," the statement said, referring to Harrison's
He was reportedly undergoing radiotherapy treatment for brain cancer at a
hospital in Switzerland, but his statement did not mention the illness or its
A Spokesperson for Harrison could not be reached for comment.
ABCNEWS' Vinny Marino contributed to this report.
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