11/30/2001 AT 10:10 AM EST
Former Beatle George Harrison, 58, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at a friend's home in Los Angeles, after a lengthy battle against cancer, longtime family friend Gavin De Becker told the Associated Press. "He died with one thought in mind, 'Love one another,'" said De Becker. His wife, Olivia, and son Dhani, 24, were at his side. "He left this world as he lived in it, conscious of God, fearless of death, and at peace, surrounded by family and friends," the Harrison family said in a statement. "He often said, 'Everything else can wait, but the search for God cannot wait, and love one another.' " With the death of Harrison, who was considered the "quiet" Beatle (he was also the youngest), there remain two surviving members of the most famous rock band in history, Paul McCartney, 59, and Ringo Starr, 61. John Lennon, was shot to death in 1980, at 40, by a deranged fan. "I am devastated and very, very sad," McCartney told reporters outside his home near London on Friday. "He was a lovely guy and a very brave man and had a wonderful sense of humor. He is really just my baby brother." Information about whether there would be a public memorial for Harrison was not available at press time. A private ceremony has already taken place, De Becker told the AP.
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