The band broke up in 1970 (via History), and a decade later, John Lennon was assassinated in 1980. It was two sad events for the Beatles and their fans in just 10 years. In 2001, George Harrison’s death would bring more bad news for the band.
In 1997, Harrison learned that he had throat cancer (via Oral Cancer Foundation). He blamed his diagnosis on his smoking habit, but with treatment became cancer free. However, cancer came back again in 2001, this time in his lung. Two years earlier, Harrison and his wife were the victims of a violent home invasion that left him with a collapsed lung.
This time, treatment and surgery didn’t have the same success, as the illness then spread to his brain. Now with cancer in his brain, his prognosis was grim. He died that same year.
His body was quickly placed in a cardboard coffin, adhering to his wishes for a Hare Krishna funeral. There was no big funeral service, well-attended by any celebrities. Only Harrison’s close friends and family were there. He was then cremated at a Los Angeles crematory and his ashes were given to his family. By the time his native England learned of his death, he had already been cremated. The ashes of George Harrison were then spread into the holy waters of the Ganges River in India (per CNN).