Neil Aspinall, a close friend of The Beatles, died in New York of lung cancer, former band members said on Monday. He was 66.
After going to school in Liverpool with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Aspinall became road manager and personal assistant for the so-called Fab Four, one of the most successful pop bands of the 1960s. He died after receiving care at the Sloan-Kettering hospital in Manhattan.
"All his friends and loved ones will greatly miss him, but will always retain the fondest memories of a great man," McCartney, Ringo Starr and the widows of John Lennon and Harrison said in a statement released by Aspinall's family.
He is survived by his wife Suzy and five children.
"I've known Neil many years and he was a good friend. We were blessed to have him in our lives and he will be missed," Starr said in a separate statement.
Last year Aspinall stepped down as chief executive of Apple Corps Ltd, which he headed since 1968 after it was formed to cover The Beatles' financial and business affairs. (Source)
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