March 4, 2013

George Harrison succumbed to addiction

The notoriously spiritual — and high — George Harrison, and all of his bandmates in The Beatles, freely acknowledged using alcohol and drugs throughout his life.

Drugs of choice ranged from nicotine to pot, LSD, heroine and cocaine. Harrison got hooked, struggling with various addictions.

It was his addiction to cigarette smoking that he blamed for the throat and lung cancer that would kill him at the age of 58. Following his initial diagnosis in the late 1990s, he was quoted in news reports:

“I got (cancer) purely from smoking. Luckily for me, they found that this was more of a warning than anything else,” he said. “I'm not going to die on you folks just yet — I am very lucky.”

Harrison would die in 2001, leaving behind him a profound musical legacy. 

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