Paul Provided George a Place to Die
02/13/2002 AT 01:00 PM EST
After months of speculation as to the actual whereabouts of where former Beatle George Harrison died on Nov. 29, the mystery has been solved. Reuters reports that on Tuesday, Los Angeles officials said that the musician's final days were spent in a Hollywood Hills mansion that had been leased by former bandmate Paul McCartney. The veil of secrecy surrounded the location for fear that memorabilia fans would swoop down on it. Harrison succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 58 after years of fighting the disease. A fictitious address had been listed on his death certificate, said several news sources, yet when reports appeared that McCartney had provided sanctuary, Sir Paul's representatives denied the reports, calling them "utter fiction" and insisting that McCartney did not own a home in California. Reuters reported that the secluded $4 million, French country-style house near Griffith Park -- and once owned by Courtney Love -- had been leased in the name of Gavin de Becker, a security consultant working for Harrison. The Los Angeles County Assessor's Office lists the current owner of the residence as Mike Walley, who purchased it nearly a year ago. McCartney had been leasing the home when it was still owned by Love. As of Wednesday, a new death certificate in the case has been issued, listing what is now said to be the proper address where Harrison expired. Now that the document has been corrected, reports the Associated Press, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley said that he considers the entire matter closed.