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"GEORGE: I KNOW I'M DYING"
GEORGE: I KNOW I'M DYING
By BILL HOFFMANN
George Harrison has revealed to stunned friends that he's losing his fight with cancer and expects to die soon.
But the gutsy ex-Beatle - who was recently treated for a brain tumor and lung cancer - is calm about his deteriorating condition.
"George is very philosophical. He does realize that everybody has got to die some time," said George Martin, the Beatles' longtime producer and a friend of Harrison.
"He is taking it easy and hoping that the thing will go away. He has an indomitable spirit - but he knows that he is going to die soon, and he is accepting that."
This is the latest life-and-death battle for Harrison, who was nearly killed 18 months ago when a deranged fan broke into his home in England and stabbed him repeatedly.
Martin told London's Mail on Sunday newspaper that the 58-year-old guitar great "has been near death many times, and he's been rescued many times, as well."
"But he knows he is going to die soon, and he's accepting it perfectly happily," Martin said.
A source told The Post that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have reached out to their former bandmate.
Two weeks ago, Harrison told his fans he was "feeling fine" after undergoing radiotherapy for a brain tumor at a Swiss cancer clinic.
And last May, Harrison had surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to remove a cancerous growth from one of his lungs. But at least one of the cancers has spread.
Harrison, who also fought throat cancer in 1998, recently blamed his illnesses on his lifelong smoking habit, and urged teens to steer clear of cigarettes.
"I got it purely from smoking. I gave up cigarettes many years ago, but had started again for a while and then stopped in 1997," Harrison said in a recent interview.
"I'm a little more short of breath than I used to be, so I don't see myself on stage lasting a full 14 rounds."
Harrison - known as the "quiet Beatle" during the heyday of the Fab Four in the 1960s - wrote such hits as "Something," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Taxman."
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