McCartney, Starr mourn loss of George Harrison 10 years ago today (2001)

Video: McCartney on Harrison's death

(Friday, November 30, 2001) — The two surviving Beatles mourned George Harrison today as “a best friend” and a “baby brother,” and flags were lowered in Liverpool where the band was born.

Harrison, 58, passed away yesterday in Los Angeles after a long battle with lung cancer. Harrison’s death was not publicly announced until today.

“He was a lovely guy and a very brave man and had a wonderful sense of humor,” Paul McCartney told reporters outside his London home. “He is really just my baby brother.”

Ringo Starr said he would miss the band’s lead guitarist “for his sense of love, his sense of music and his sense of laughter.”

“George was a best friend of mine. I loved him very much and I will miss him greatly,” he said in a statement from his home in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Video: CBS Evening News - on the Death of George Harrison, Nov. 2001

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