Last December, reports began to circulate that George Harrison had passed away in Sir Paul's Los Angeles home. (see December 19, 2001) Several days later, a spokesman for Sir Paul denied the story, saying that it was "complete and utter fiction". (see December 21, 2001)
Los Angeles authorities have investigated the matter and yesterday announced that George spent his last hours in a Beverly Hills mansion that Sir Paul had leased at one time. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said Gavin de Becker, George's security consultant, has verified that George passed away in the same home that Sir Paul had leased last year from Courtney Love. However, in March of 2001, the house was sold to a Mr. Mike Walley. It is not clear if Sir Paul was still leasing the home from Mr. Walley at the time of George's death. A McCartney representative believes that this is is "highly doubtful" because Sir Paul only needed the home to live in while he was recording his Driving Rain album during the spring and early summer of 2001.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles officials consider the matter closed. District Attorney Cooley said yesterday, "I'm happy the matter has been resolved and these vital records now accurately reflect the truth. I'm pleased those responsible for supplying erroneous records have now complied."
Gavin de Becker had originally issued false details about the place of George's death in an effort to guard the Harrison family's privacy and to ward off the memorabilia hunters. Mr. Cooley said yesterday that while willfully supplying false information on a death certificate can be prosecuted as a felony, he considered the matter now closed and did not expect to file charges.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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