FORMER Beatle George Harrison received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, with a little help from such friends as Paul McCartney, Eric Idle and Tom Hanks.
As about one thousand fans looked on, Harrisonâ€™s star was unveiled outside the landmark Capitol Records tower by his Los Angeles-born widow Olivia and 30-year-old son Dhani.
â€œHe was a beautiful, mystical man living in a material world, and he was as funny as the day is long, and just as perplexing,â€ Olivia said. â€œGeorge, this day is for you.â€
Added Hanks, â€œAll things must pass, sure. But George is going to live forever.â€
Harrison died of cancer in 2001, aged 58. Idle, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, noted that Harrison actually drew his last breath in McCartneyâ€™s Los Angeles home, â€œand itâ€™s one of the reasons I wonâ€™t go and stay with John Cleeseâ€.
Security was unusually intense, a likely result of both the murder of John Lennon in 1980 and the 1999 attack on the Harrisons in their English home by a knife-wielding intruder.Â
Capitol, which paid US$25 000 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for the star, said it would release a hits collection spanning Harrisonâ€™s solo career on June 16.
Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison will feature such tunes as My Sweet Lord and Got My Mind Set On You. â€” Reuters.