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  1. December 12, 2001 Officials Find No Records of Harrison's Alleged Death Site Mystery: They can't find the address listed on a death certificate. Police say families of celebrities often falsify the documents. By LOUISE ROUG and GINA PICCALO, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers Bad news for celebrity-death-tour promoters: Two weeks after George Harrison passed away, it is still unclear where he died. Harrison's death certificate, filed with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, lists the place of death as a Coldwater Canyon address in Beverly Hills occupied by his wife, Olivia. But the location cannot be found by the Beverly Hills post office, which said it has no record of it as a mailing address. The county tax assessor has no record of the property either. And reporters driving in the area could find no sign of the address. When Harrison died Nov. 29 at 58, a short statement by the family said he "left this world . . . surrounded by family and friends" but did not contain the place of death. His remains were cremated by a Los Angeles company and flown to India, where they were strewn over the Ganges River. Gavin De Becker, a noted security expert and author who was acting as the family spokesman, told the Associated Press that Harrison had died at a property that De Becker owns. But a search of property records did not show anything owned by De Becker on Coldwater Canyon Drive. To willfully falsify the address on a death certificate is a misdemeanor, said Scott Carrier, a spokesman for the county coroner. But for charges to be filed someone would have to make a formal complaint about it, "and so far, no one has," said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the county district attorney's office. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Jack Richter said police have seen many cases of a false address deliberately placed on the death certificate of a high-profile person. The former Beatle and his family may have been concerned that the site of his death could become a shrine for fans. Some reports have suggested that Harrison might have died in Studio City, where De Becker is connected to a secluded property on Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Los Angeles has long been haunted by the cult of dead celebrities. Otherwise anonymous homes across the city have become destinations for scores of Hollywood tour guides. Visiting the place of death provides fans with "possibly a little more understanding," said Mark Chiavaroli, owner of the Glendale-based Web site citymorguegiftshop.com, which specializes in information about where celebrities died and their graves. "They feel a little more connection with that person. It probably starts a healing process in themselves and a bit of closure," he said. To put the wrong address on a certificate makes sense, Chiavaroli said, "because as soon as the document becomes available," fans will "go to that location and inundate it with traffic and property damage." For many, the Chateau Marmont is known only as the Sunset Boulevard hotel where comic actor John Belushi died of a drug overdose. The Cielo Drive home where Sharon Tate and her friends were murdered by the Manson family was demolished years ago, but fans of the macabre still make pilgrimages to the site. Harrison's death certificate was signed by UCLA oncologist Dr. Lee S. Rosen, although that does not mean Rosen was present at Harrison's death. As is customary when a cancer patient dies outside the hospital, Rosen signed a special work sheet given to him by the mortuary, UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center spokeswoman Kim Irwin said. Doctor-patient confidentiality laws prevent Rosen from revealing details surrounding Harrison's death, said Irwin, who spoke on behalf of the physician. Rosen specializes in experimental cancer treatments. When cancer is the cause of death, Irwin said, "it's not uncommon" for the doctor to sign the death certificate work sheet without examining the patient at the place of death. Harrison's cause of death is listed as "metastatic non-small cell lung cancer." An autopsy was not performed. A death certificate is often filled out by mortuary staff members who take information from relatives. The death certificate lists Olivia Harrison as the provider of information. "The information we receive on a death certificate comes from a funeral director's office," said Maria Iacoboa, a spokeswoman for the vital records section of the county health department. "That's the information we're given. That's the information that we use. It's not our role to verify that information." Family spokesman De Becker could not be reached for comment. A message on his voice mail said he was working on the East Coast and unavailable
  2. Nice tribute from Capital Records.. http://hollywoodandvine.com/georgeharrison/ jijaji
  3. Tuesday December 4 1:34 PM ET Harrison's Ashes Expected in India Photos By PRAJNAN BHATTACHARYA, Associated Press Writer VARANASI, India (AP) - Hare Krishna followers in India awaited the arrival of the ashes of former Beatle George Harrison, a fellow devotee whose family reportedly planned to scatter his remains in the holy Ganges River. Officials of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness told The Associated Press that Harrison's widow, Olivia, and their 23-year-old son, Dhani were to arrive in India soon. By Tuesday evening, the Harrisons had not been spotted. ``There is a lot of secrecy. What I can tell you is that we expect to perform the ceremony tomorrow,'' said Vrajendra Nandan, a spokesman for the Krishna society in New Delhi. Nandan would not comment on when he expected Harrison's family to arrive. The family would not confirm any aspect of the reports, spokesman Gavin de Becker said in Los Angeles. Harrison, 58, died of cancer in Los Angeles on Thursday. Hours after his death, he was cremated at Hollywood Forever Memorial Park. In Harrison's hometown of Liverpool, England, more than 1,000 people attended a vigil in his memory, standing silent for a minute on Monday night as requested by Olivia Harrison. ``George was a truly gifted musician. But he was much more than that. His ideals and his love of peace inspired countless thousands,'' said Liverpool Mayor Gerry Scott. ``His loss will be deeply felt but his vision will live on.'' In a tradition dating back more than 3,500 years, Hindus are cremated on riversides and their ashes immersed in holy waters. Hindus believe this ritual releases the soul from the body for its journey toward Heaven, and frees it from the cycle of reincarnation. Ram Shankar Tripathi, chief priest of the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, said Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar once brought Harrison to his home. ``Harrison had a loving personality and ardent curiosity about the sacred city of Varanasi and India's cultural heritage,'' Tripathi said. ``He appreciated our religion. His ashes will be scattered in the holy river and he will achieve salvation.'' Harrison, known as the ``quiet Beatle,'' had a long, intimate relationship with Indian music, religion and culture. London-based Hare Krishna devotee Mukunda Goswami introduced Harrison to the movement's founder, Srila Prabhupada. Harrison later donated one of his studios to the Hare Krishnas. In one of his most popular songs, ``My Sweet Lord,'' Harrison chants ``Hare Krishna.'' Krishna is one of the most popular Hindu gods. His views on the immortality of the soul were compiled in one of Hinduism's holiest books, the Bhagwad Gita.
  4. Indeed this is accurate without question straightening all further straits i.e. Lennon was 1st to sing 'Hare Krishna' in Beatle History. I swear the above to be true and right on! Tarun sir... can ya fill us in with how the mantra chanting in "Give Peace A Chance"..fits in here? jijaji
  5. Run Of The Mill from... All Things Must Pass George Harrison Everyone has choice When to and not to raise their voices It's you that decides Which way will you turn While feeling that our love's not your concern It's you that decides No one around you Will carry the blame for you No one around you Will love you today and throw it all away Tomorrow when you rise Another day for you to realize me Or send me down again As the days stand up on end You've got me wondering how I lost your friendship But I see it in your eyes Though I'm beside you I can't carry the lame for you I may decide to Get out with your blessing Where I'll carry on guessing How high will you leap Will you make enough for you to reap it? Only you'll arrive At your own made end With no one but yourself to be offended It's you that decides [This message has been edited by jijaji (edited 12-11-2001).]
  6. Much of the offensive posts are meant to upset and make the faithful confused. I know all too well because I have been one of the biggest offenders in this regard. No More...No More......and if anyone wants to argue with me over this sampraday or that line or whatever...watch out! Love is more important! A simple faith is more valuble! I am sick of it.....after George died I wept for days..DAYS. I still am crying and because of this I see some change in my HEART. I realize I have been so damm stuck in my HEAD I have been unable to FEEL (hardhearted). And FEEL is exactly what George did..and because he felt so very deeply, he was able to convey those feelings back to us which in turn resonated in our hearts and brought forth some spiritual realization. Is there anyone out there who became a devotee in the late 60's or early 70's who DIDN'T FEEL George's love when he sang 'My Sweet Lord'...? I'm goin out of MY HEAD.....'Living in the Material World'.... Please forgive my great aparadhas to all the Sadhus & Vaishnavas from anywhere I have offended! 'It Is He..Jai Sri Krishna' jijaji [This message has been edited by jijaji (edited 12-11-2001).]
  7. Cedar Creek Studios Presents: George Harrison: An Appreciation http://www.musicsojourn.com/Playlists/Specialty/Producers/Paul_Ingles/Topics/h/HarrisonGeorge_AnAppreciation.htm jijaji
  8. This seems to refer to my posting of what was observed in the body of Paramahamsa Yogananda by the then Director of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park cemetary In Los Angeles. Who afterwards made a notarized statement in that regard. Forest-Lawn Memorial-Park cemetary is the final resting places of many of the entertainment industry's biggest legends as well as famous Presidents in its various cemetaries around the country. Los Angeles being one of it's larger locations. Here's are a few... Baum, L. Frank b. May 15, 1856 d. May 6, 1919 Author - 'Wizard of Oz.' Barry, Jack b. March 20, 1918 d. May 4, 1984 TV game show producer and host. He was involved in the quiz show scandals of the late 1950s while hosting "Twenty-One," which formed the basis of the movie Quiz Show (1994). Baker, Edwin 'Eddie' b. November 17, 1897 d. February 4, 1968 American film actor. His career long career spanned from 1917 to 1965. Was one of the original Keystone Cops, and was also the first secretary/treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild. Bogart, Humphrey b. December 25, 1899 d. January 14, 1957 Legendary stage and motion picture actor. Starred in a number of all-time film classics, such as "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), "Casablanca" (1942), and "To Have and Have Not" (1944). He won an Oscar as Best Actor for his role of 'Chalrie Allnut' in the 1951 John Huston classic "The African Queen," co-starring Katharine Hepburn. He met, and later married, actress Lauren Bacall on the set of "To Have and Have Not," in which they starred together. Boyd, William 'Hopalong Cassidy' b. June 5, 1895 d. September 12, 1972 Actor - 'Hopalong Cassidy.' This memorial marker reads: Loved and remembered by faithful fans as America's favorite cowboy, William Lawrence Boyd "Hopalong Cassidy", 1895-1972. He was an outstanding scholar while attending East Side School from 1902-1908. Gained national recognition as a silent film star and international prominence as Hopalong Cassidy. He loved children and those who love him dedicate this monument in his memory on the 20th anniversary of his death. September 12, 1992. Brown, Joe E. (Joseph Evan) b. July 28, 1892 d. July 6, 1973 American circus clown, vaudevillian, stage, and motion picture actor of the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Characterized by his broadmouthed, bellowing comic style. A master of the 'double take.' Burns, George b. January 20, 1896 d. March 9, 1996 Entertainer / Centenarian. Churchill, Frank b. October 20, 1901 d. May 14, 1942 Composer. Wrote the songs "Heigh-Ho!" and "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?," among many others. Cole, Nat 'King' b. March 17, 1919 d. February 15, 1965 Singer. Cooke, Sam b. January 22, 1931 d. December 11, 1964 Singer / Entertainer. Cummings, Bob b. June 9, 1908 d. December 1, 1990 Actor. He was in movies such as "Saboteur" and "Dial M For Murder". He also had his own TV show called the "Bob Cummings Show." Davis Jr., Sammy b. December 8, 1925 d. May 16, 1990 Entertainer. Disney, Elias b. February 6, 1859 d. 1941 Father of Walt Disney. Disney, Flora Call b. 1868 d. November 26, 1938 Mother of Walt Disney. Disney, Walt b. December 5, 1901 d. December 15, 1966 Entertainment magnate extraordinaire. Drysdale, Don b. July 23, 1936 d. July 3, 1993 Cy Young award winning baseball pitcher who played out his career with both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, inducted into Hall of Fame in 1984. Held the record for pitching 58.2 consecutive scoreless until bested by L.A. Dodger Orel Hershiser in 1988. An intimidating figure on the mound, he infamously holds the major league record for number of seasons leading the league in batters hit by a pitch. He was found dead in his Montreal hotel room when he failed to show up for a Dodgers vs. Expos broadcast which he was to be announcing alongside play-by-play man Vin Scully. Adams, John [original burial site] b. October 30, 1735 d. July 4, 1826 Second US President / Signer of The Declaration of Independence. Adams was Washington's Vice-President and succeeded the latter as president in 1797. He was defeated by Jefferson in 1801. Eisenhower, Dwight D. b. October 14, 1890 d. March 28, 1969 34th US President. Led a brilliant military career. Eisenhower was named head of the allied forces in Europe in 1943. He was named head of NATO by Truman in 1950. He was elected President in 1952. His surgically removed gall stones and a molar (both removed post mortem) are in permanent storage at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. Grant, Ulysses S. b. April 27, 1822 d. July 23, 1885 18th US President. Served two terms. Grant served as a general in the Civil War. In spite of his admirable service record and number of victories in war, Grant was accused of being a mediocre statesman and his administration was marred by scandal. Jefferson, Thomas [original burial site] b. April 13, 1743 d. July 4, 1826 Third US President / Signer and author of The Declaration of Independence. A political writer, member of the Continental Congress, and governor of Virginia, Jefferson advocated a humanitarian liberalism and was elected president in 1801. His humanitarianism profoundly influenced Thoreau and Whitman. His original headstone from his grave at Monticello was presented to the University of Missouri because they were the first state university to be founded in the Louisiana Purchase while Jefferson was president. ********************************************* So these are not some backwoods hick like funeral home people...or some cult like Hindu group trying to exalt their leader. This is a sworn notarized statement from the Director of Forest-Lawn at the time of Yoganandas death, which I personally find to be noteworthy. Again ... On March 7, 1952, Paramahansa Yogananda entered mahasamadhi, a God-illumined master's conscious exit from the body at the time of physical death. His passing was marked by an extraordinary phenomenon. A notarized statement signed by the Director of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park testified: "No physical disintegration was visible in his body even twenty days after death....This state of perfect preservation of a body is, so far as we know from mortuary annals, an unparalleled one....Yogananda's body was apparently in a phenomenal state of immutability." from SRF. [This message has been edited by jijaji (edited 12-05-2001).]
  9. From Ananova: George Harrison 'tribute' line left in Tom Cruise's new film Tom Cruise's character pays tribute to George Harrison in his new movie. The scene for Vanilla Sky was shot months before the death of the former Beatle. But director Cameron Crowe decided to leave the line in the film because it is now "more meaningful." The first preview screenings of the film took place on November 30, the day the news of Harrison's death was announced. In the film, Cruise's character, David, discusses The Beatles, and reveals that Harrison was his favourite member. Crowe admitted that he thought about removing the line, but decided to leave it in as a tribute to Harrison. He said: "We were both so sad. Tom and I kept saying 'Can you believe he's dead?' "We decided it would be too late to change the line, it's almost more meaningful now." Vanilla Sky opens in the UK on January 25. Story filed: 12:38 Wednesday 5th December 2001
  10. Om chanting from harrisongs! enjoy... http://www.harrisongs.co.uk/ Jai Bhakta George
  11. Times of India Harrison leaves 20m pounds to Hare Krishnas LONDON: Beatle George Harrison's estimated 214-million-pound ($304 million) estate will be divided between his nearest family and the Hare Krishna faith he embraced in the late 1960s, the British press said on Tuesday. According to reports from New York, quoted in the Daily Telegraph, Harrison's will called for the bulk of his estate to be left to his wife, Olivia, and their 24-year-old son Dhani. Both were on their way to the Indian city of Varanisi to scatter some of the former-Beatle's ashes on the river Ganges. The Times said that Harrison left instructions for 10 percent of his wealth, some 20 million pounds to be distributed to the Hare Krishnas, whom he supported spiritually and financially for more than 30 years. The money is expected to be distributed by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness to temples across the world, the Times said. The sect will receive a proportion of future earnings from Harrison's music, the paper added. Relatives of the Beatles' lead guitarist called for a minute of meditation on Monday to mark his death last week from cancer. Saying they were "deeply touched" by the global outpouring of love and compassion following his death, Olivia and Dhani Harrison urged fans to pay silent tribute to the legendary musician, who died on Thursday at the age of 58. ( AFP )
  12. George pledged a million dollars for new temple George Harrison pledged around £700,000 to build a temple in a holy Indian city, claim Hare Krishna followers. The revelation came as hundreds of fans continue to wait at the banks of the Ganges River in India waiting for his family to scatter his ashes. Harrison's widow, Olivia, and their 23-year-old son, Dhani, are due to scatter the ashes into the holy river, according to Hare Krishna officials. Harrison was a longtime devotee of Hinduism, whose followers believe that immersing ashes allows the soul to begin its approach toward heaven. It was a dream for the late Beatle to build a temple in the heart of Varanasi that he loved for its mysticism and cultural riches, says Prasannatma Das, president of the Varanasi chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON. A few months ago Harrison visited Varanasi quietly and stayed for several days to discuss the temple plan. "The model is ready. Work would start in May-June once we get the money," said Das. The Radha Krishna Chandra temple will be built on a plot of land spread over two acres in the next five years. Wealthy supporters have helped ISKCON build dozens of beautiful temples across India. Their palatial structures and impressive architecture attract hundreds of visitors every day. Meanwhile, Harrison's fans in Varanasi have been flying kites to pay tribute to him. They wrote messages on them: "Free as birds,Give peace a chance,We love you Harrison." Hare Krishna followers and Beatles' fans still hoped they would get to see Harrison's family perform the last rites. But the city's administration or airport authorities had no clue about when the family would arrive. Story filed: 18:01 Wednesday 5th December 2001
  13. Ananova : Bono backs campaign to re-release George Harrison single Bono is backing a campaign for George Harrison's My Sweet Lord to be re-released. The Sun has launched the campaign and Bono says he thinks it's a brilliant idea. My Sweet Lord first topped the charts in January 1971. Bono told the paper: "Put me on top of the list of people backing you. It would be an apt send-off and the money should be given to charity." Harrison's record label EMI is still considering whether to release the single, but a spokesman said "It's looking promising". Story filed: 07:57 Wednesday 5th December 2001
  14. Secrecy shrouds Harrison's last rites By Sharat Pradhan VARANASI, India (Reuters) - Mystery surrounds the last rites for Beatles' guitarist George Harrison as Hare Krishna officials remain tight-lipped about plans to immerse the musician's ashes in India's sacred Ganges river. Harrison, a long-time devotee of the Hindu sect, was closely attached to the holy city of Varanasi where the immersion of the ashes was expected to take place in a ritual symbolising the journey of his soul towards eternal consciousness. Harrison, known as the "Quiet Beatle", died last week in Los Angeles at the age of 58 after battling cancer. He was cremated in a cardboard coffin hours after his death, in keeping with his adopted Eastern faith. "All I do know is that devotees of the Hare Krishna movement are with the family (to guide them in the rituals)," Varshani Devi Dasi, a Hare Krishna official, told Reuters by telephone from London. "They (the family) are choosing to be private," In Varanasi, a Hare Krishna official who had told reporters that the musician's widow, Olivia, and son, Dhani, 24, were due to visit Varanasi and that the immersion ceremony would take place at dawn on Tuesday said later he was misinformed. Government officials in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh said the rites for the youngest of the Beatles quartet who revolutionised pop music in the 1960s might already have taken place. "All I can presume is perhaps they wanted it to be a private affair so they might have already come and gone without informing anyone," state Home Secretary Naresh Dayal told Reuters. Varanasi has at least 80 "ghats" or steps leading down an embankment to the Ganges where the devout take sin-cleansing dips, make sacred offerings, cremate bodies and immerse the ashes. Relatives normally sprinkle the ashes on the river's surface before lowering the urn containing them gently into the water. IMMERSED TWICE? In New Delhi, a Hare Krishna spokesman said he expected some of Harrison's ashes to be immersed at Varanasi and possibly also at Allahabad, 130 km (80 miles) upriver where the holy Yamuna joins the Ganges. But he had no other information. Photographers and reporters, who thronged the busy tourist town hoping to catch a glimpse of the ceremony were joined by a handful of eager foreign tourists. "Once I read the news in the papers (about Harrison's ashes), I thought I must take a look," said London tourist Tony Roche. Thomas Neville from Ireland who had his head shaved in a traditional Hindu gesture of mourning for Harrison said he was disappointed not to have seen any ceremony. "Here I am, paying my last respects to the great singer." Harrison, who became a vegetarian and believed in reincarnation, was a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also called the Hare Krishna movement. He spent his last moments chanting "Hare Krishna" with his family next to him and pictures of the Hindu gods Rama and Krishna near his bed, British newspapers said.
  15. I second the motion to please refrain from all Bickering on this thread that gHari started in the mood of a tribute to George. Many will not understand why I am so moved by his death. Well I'll put it to you this way..I grew up with the Beatles. I literally had the Beatles albums on usually the day they were released at my local record store as a kid. To make along story short. It was George who lead me to the spiritual path. I feel he was like my adi-guru in many ways...and others feel that as well. So no bickering please on this memorial thread to George Harrison that is keeping us informed of events surrounding the death of this very great soul. thank you
  16. I thought it was pretty LAME as well... this guy doesn't know George at all! jijaji
  17. Ananova : Harrison's fortune left to wife and son George Harrison has left the bulk of his almost £200 million fortune to his wife and son. The ex-Beatle left most of his estate to Olivia, his wife, and his son Dhani. He gave up to 10% to the Hare Krishna faith he embraced in the late 1960s. Harrison lost his battle with cancer last Thursday. The New York Post reports that "several million" pounds would be left to un-named international and UK-based charities. Several aid children in poor African countries, the newspaper reports. A family friend told the newspaper: "George never led a flashy life. He believed in family, charity toward his fellow human beings and in achieving an inner peace. Those beliefs are certainly reflected in his will." Harrison's assets included a series of properties around the world, with a home on Hamilton Island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef and a huge and secluded ocean-front estate on the Hawaiian island of Maui. He also owned Friar Park, the £20 million 100-room home in Henley-on-Thames where he was stabbed by a deranged intruder in December 1999. The estate includes the rights to several songs, including his hit My Sweet Lord and the triple album it was part of, All Things Must Pass, as well as the income from his part in producing films including Monty Python's Life Of Brian. The worldwide success of last year's Beatles' Greatest Hits compilation increased Harrison's net worth by up to 25%. Story filed: 15:02 Monday 3rd December 2001
  18. From Hey Jude: I'm sure you're being swamped with George info/reports, but a few things I've noticed that haven't been mentioned on the site yet: On this past Friday's "Tonight Show", Jay Leno mentioned George Harrison at the very end of the show. After the musical guest played and all of the other guests came on the screen, Jay shushed the guests and the audience and said something along the lines of "God Bless George Harrison". Also on Friday, "Late Night" with Conan O'Brien also made mention of George. The |"Max Weinberg 7" played "What Is Life" as their opening song (I've heard them play this before, and they often play Beatles/Solo-Beatles songs to open the show, and of course Max is a big fan/friend of Ringo). When Conan O'Brien reached his desk he noted that it was nice for the band to play that song and mentioned that of course everybody loves the Beatles, but that many on his staff are really dedicated Beatles fans, and Conan sent his condolences to George's family. It's interesting to note that Conan O'Brian has interviewed both Paul and Ringo in the past (Ringo in 1995, Paul in 1997). Also, on Sunday, "The Simpsons" dedicated their episode to George Harrison. As the credits started rolling, they showed a still picture from the episode that George voiced back around 1992 or so (the "Be-Sharps" episode) and it said below the picture "Dedicated to the Memory of George Harrison." I caught the beginning of the "My VH1 Awards" (or something along those lines), and it opened with Bon Jovi performing "Here Comes the Sun" with a video screen showing images of George through the years. After they finished the song, Bon Jovi said "We'll miss you George." On the not as pleasant side, I caught a bit of the "Shop At Home" cable TV channel (a sort of cheaper version of "QVC" or the "Home Shopping Network"), and they were shamelessly selling all sorts of Beatles memerobilia during what appeared to be their Sports Memorabilia time slot. Their prices actually weren't terrible (as in at or a bit below what the items are listed in price guides for), but were claiming that the items were worth much more than they were (hence, they claimed they were giving such a great deal), and were selling only a few older items, and were usually packaging them up with the more recent trading card sets. It was all pretty distasteful, although not really unexpected. But in general, the media is paying tribute to George about as well as I could possibly expect.
  19. See the whole spread on George at time.com http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101011210/ jijaji
  20. He Was Fearless’ from NEWSWEEK NEWSWEEK: What can you tell me about the treatment Harrison received at Staten Island University Hospital? Dr. Gil Lederman: I can’t talk about treatment of patients. But I can talk about why we treat people, and why they come here from around the world. NEWSWEEK: Why do people come to you? Published reports stated that Harrison sought treatment with you after other more conventional methods failed him. Dr. Gil Lederman: Patients come here from around the world for radiosurgery. Radiosurgery is pinpoint radiation. We’re able to zero in the beams of radiation very precisely to just hit the cancer. And because we can do that, we can hit the cancer and not harm normal tissues, and we can boost the dose of treatment. NEWSWEEK: What’s the success rate with this type of radiosurgery? Dr. Gil Lederman: It’s about 90 percent. That doesn’t mean that 90 percent of the people are cured. It means 90 percent of the cancers we treat stop growing, shrink or disappear. For some people, the goal is to cure them. For others, the goal is to relieve pain and suffering ... Many patients from famous cancer centers come to us because they want to have better treatment and more sophisticated treatment. Or, the treatment at that cancer center didn’t work, and they wanted to have a second chance. NEWSWEEK: Your hospital advertises on 1010 WINS, New York’s all-news radio station. What do you like about the ads? 'The point of our ads,' says Lederman, 'is to educate patients that there are treatments available at our hospital that don't exist elsewhere' Dr. Gil Lederman: The ads used to have my voice, which I liked a lot more. I thought it was more personal. It conveyed a sense of who I am and why we do what we do. The point of our ads is to educate patients that there are treatments available at our hospital that don’t exist elsewhere. Many people are very angry that they weren’t offered other treatment options to begin with. We also have an 800 number, which is 1-800-285-4584. NEWSWEEK: Do you accept patients into your program based on how rare their condition is? Dr. Gil Lederman: No, we accept them based on whether we can help them. NEWSWEEK: You issued a statement that mentioned Harrison’s spirituality and love for his family. Obviously, you got to know him well. What can you tell us about Harrison on a personal level? Dr. Gil Lederman: He was a very warm, spiritual, intelligent and sensitive man. He was fearless. He was attacked and nearly killed two years ago. He grabbed the knife at the sharp end from the attacker’s hand. NEWSWEEK: How was Harrison facing his own death? Dr. Gil Lederman: He viewed death as a natural process of life. He believed that death is part of life, and had no fear of death. None whatsoever. Sometimes it made those around him uncomfortable. But he was totally fearless about it. He viewed death as a natural process of life. He faced the end with great humor and courage. NEWSWEEK: How did Harrison’s attitude toward dying compare to other patients you treat? Dr. Gil Lederman: He was much more spiritual than most people. He was very special. This was a man adored by millions, and yet he craved the solitude of a quiet day. He could be happy in a little apartment by himself with a guitar. He didn’t need great toys to amuse himself. He was very happy within his skin. NEWSWEEK: There are reports that Harrison left your hospital in New York last week, and then came to Los Angeles for treatment at UCLA Medical Center a few days before his death. Did you refer him to UCLA? Dr. Gil Lederman: Again, I can’t comment on the medical treatment. But, in general, a lot of people go back to their home base when they complete therapy. His wife and in-laws are all from Los Angeles. NEWSWEEK: How did you learn of Harrison’s death? Dr. Gil Lederman: I was called Thursday night by his friends. NEWSWEEK: The family’s statement says he died at a friend’s house. Dr. Gil Lederman: I would assume that he didn’t want to be in a hospital to die. He was a spiritual man. He wanted to be surrounded by beauty and by nature. NEWSWEEK: Did he talk to you about his last wishes? Did he want to be cremated? Dr. Gil Lederman: I’m not sure. I assume the family does not want something that would become a tourist trap. NEWSWEEK: We associate Harrison with Eastern spirituality, but there are reports that he also became a born-again Christian in his later years. Did you ever talk to him about religion? Dr. Gil Lederman: He never converted to Hindu or anything else. I think his spirituality came from deep within. [This message has been edited by jijaji (edited 12-04-2001).]
  21. From Underground Media In accordance with his wishes, George Harrison's ashes have been scattered on the River Ganges in India. The Ganges is a holy place in Hindu religion and Harrison was a great follower of Hinduism. George's wife Olivia and son Dhani flew back to London not long after the Beatle was cremated and before the media were altered to the death of the Beatle. Two Hari Krishna's performed the service in London and then flew with the family to New Dehli for the scattering of the ashes. The private ceremony took place just before dawn this morning. The exact location of the final resting place for Beatle George is off Allahabad where the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers converge. Although originally born a Catholic, Harrison converted to Hinduism in 1966 at the height of The Beatles career. At this time he not only had a spiritual but also a musical awakening bringing a whole new dimension to the sound of The Beatles. Harrison, under the teachings of Ravi Shankar, studied Eastern instruments and became a seasoned sitar player. He then introduced the sound to The Beatles. It first featured on Rubber Soul behind John Lennon's "Norwegian Wood" and continued into the Harrison composition "Love You Too" from Revolver and again on the Sgt Pepper album on "Within You Without You". [This message has been edited by jijaji (edited 12-04-2001).]
  22. Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 am in India is when the ashes are said to be scattered, which will be around 1:30 pacific time monday (today) I guess. BTW, thanks for all the links gHari! jijaji [This message has been edited by jijaji (edited 12-03-2001).]
  23. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertainment/story_14729.asp
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