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2001-Nov-19: A Beatles Reunion in New York City

Last week, Sir Paul and Ringo Starr paid an emotional visit to George Harrison at New York's Staten Island University Hospital where he was being treated for a brain tumor.  The three surviving Beatles spent six hours chatting together and although George is said to be responding well to his treatments, it is reported that Sir Paul broke down in tears after the visit, overwhelmed by the sight of his old friend looking so frail and painfully thin.   "Paul cried", a family friend reported. "Paul was amazed that George was able to sit up the whole time."

Another friend reported, "George is responding well to therapy. His pain has completely abated. He's been able to get off all pain medicine and enjoy the company of his family and friends.  His situation is still guarded, but his turn around has been dramatic."  Even so, George's cancer is reported to be "widespread," and he is aware that he has entered the final stage of his life. "There is no way out," said the source. "The reason to treat him is to extend his life."

Last week it was revealed that Ringo Starr's 31-year-old daughter Lee Starkey has suffered a reoccurrence of a rare form of brain cancer called ependymoma.  Three weeks ago, Ringo kept vigil at her bedside as she recovered from surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.  A friend of Ringo's reports: "She's doing fine.  She went back this week for radiation around the tumor area, but she's totally clean."

George, his wife, Olivia, and his son, Dhani, were spotted at the Newark, New Jersey Airport on Thursday, where they boarded a private jet believed to be headed for the West Coast.  Ringo has returned to his home in Monte Carlo where is is monitoring both Lee's and George's condition by telephone.  Sir Paul is also staying in touch with George.  A few weeks ago, Sir Paul said: "I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago and he seemed good. He's my lovely brother and we speak a lot."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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